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In recent years, organizations implementing FFP projects have recognized the need to develop more effective behavior change strategies. To this end, TOPS has provided training in the Designing for Behavior Change framework, which recommends the use of Barrier Analysis (BA), a survey that identifies the most significant barriers to behavior change. To implement a BA, researchers must first develop a data collection tool - the questionnaire.

In 2014 TOPS consultant Bonnie Kittle created a set of 30 Barrier Analysis Questionnaires and guidance on how to adapt these questionnaires as references for BA implementers. The questionnaires address behaviors in the areas of maternal and child nutrition, health, water and sanitation and agriculture.

In 2015 the CORE SBC Working Group developed 16 additional Barrier Analysis Questionnaires, with support from TOPS technical advisors.  These questionnaires address additional behaviors in health, nutrition, agriculture, and health of youth.   

Additional Reference Documents:

A Practical Guide to Conducting a Barrier Analysis

Designing for Behavior Change: For Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Health and Nutrition

*Have you explored the FSN Network Behavior Bank? This database features results from Barrier Analysis and Doer/NonDoer Studies conducted by food security and other practitioners globally. You can browse the database by country, region, and behavior studied to look for results for a particular area/behavior, or to look for patterns of barrier and enablers for a particular behavior or set of behaviors.