Case Studies

Below is a sampling of recent work with trusted partners and clients.

Development work is challenging, and often times the road is full of constraints, surprises, and some victories. Our case studies are not merely success stories. They’re also honest stories of learning, hard work, and collaboration. We aim to inspire and foster ideas on how to continue moving forward.

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Getting 9,000 People on Boardwith Change

An organization-wide initiative to help technical teams better communicate their findings to external audiences.

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InspiringChange for Girls

A theory of change to drive impact for girls that makes a clear link between girls’ agency and behavior change.

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Getting 9,000 People on Boardwith Change

An organization-wide initiative to help technical and measurement teams better communicate their findings to external audiences.

PSI’s teams are 9,000 members strong and span 65 countries. The organization had a small communications team, and technical and measurement teams struggled to find time to write up their most interesting findings and communicate with non-academic audiences. We worked with staff across the organization to develop an easy-to-understand framework and complementary communications. The final product aligned PSI’s strategic vision with the priorities of multiple departments to shift policy, practice and funding.

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Inspiring Change for Girls

A theory of change to drive impact for girls.

Girl Effect builds youth brands and mobile platforms to empower girls to change their lives. Girl Effect needed to articulate a strategy that donors could understand and the development community would support. Databoom worked with Girl Effect to articulate a theory of change that makes a clear link between girls’ agency and behavior change. We also worked with teams across the organization to disseminate and operationalize the theory of change.

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Capturing and Communicating a Legacy

A communications strategy to ensure the E2A Project’s legacy will live on through the family planning community.

Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship project for strengthening quality family planning and reproductive health service delivery. The project will end in 2019, and during its last two years, E2A wants to ensure that its legacy will live on through the global family planning community. Databoom synthesized seven years of complex work into four legacy themes and created a communication strategy to fortify the project’s posterity.

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Can All (Condom) Boats Rise Even in an Economic Crisis?

An experimental study to test the impact of social marketing on Zimbabwe’s condom market.

Zimbabwe has one of the strongest condom programs in Africa and, over time, the government and international donors have made significant investments in condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. By 2016, the future of condom funding was uncertain. International donors were questioning their investments and were focused on creating a self-sustaining condom market. Removing financial support could mean condom insecurity and losing gains made in HIV/AIDS prevention through condom programming. We tested the hypothesis that the right investments in condom social marketing could help “all boats rise” and improve the market for condoms. The study provided evidence that donors and decision-makers could use to inform further investments in Zimbabwe and other condom markets.

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Integration: An All-or-Nothing Proposition?

An in-depth look at Ghana and Malawi and the feasibility of integrating family planning services with primary health care.

For decades, donor investments in health have been primarily “vertical” with funds earmarked for specific programs. Some donors are now asking if this is the best approach, or if investments could be more impactful if they were “horizontal” and integrated into primary health care. Databoom identified the most important considerations for integrating family planning and primary health care, and examined existing programs in Ghana and Malawi. We created a decision-making tool for donors and policymakers to identify where integration is present in national strategy and how much progress has been made. Policymakers can then determine where integration is desirable and chart progress over time.

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