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Guidance Note on Scaling up Social Norm Change: Risk Management and Monitoring (Brief 04)

1st April 2019
Author: Becky Carter, Marina Apgar, Shandana Khan Mohmand

This paper is one of four companion Briefs to the main guidance note on scaling up social norm change. The fourth brief focuses on Risk management and monitoring. This Brief looks in further detail at a selection of the steps suggested in the main guidance note. Please see the main note for the full set of points regarding risk management when planning scale-up of social norm change. At the start of developing the scale-up strategy, undertake participatory assessments of risks involved. Explore possible consequences of the scale-up for the most marginalised and vulnerable (e.g. the women and girls suffering or at risk of violence; children and adults with disabilities who are excluded from resources and services) as well as the whole communities involved. Involve a wide range of stakeholders, and in particular the groups and communities that will participate in or be affected by the scale-up. Next stage is to set out a risk management strategy to respond to the above assessments. The foremost core principle of any scaling-up approach must be to do no harm, uphold human rights, embed an understanding of ethical issues that may arise during implementation and how to guarantee these during the scale-up, and set out an appropriate safeguarding strategy.

Suggested Citation

Carter, B. with Apgar, M. & Khan Mohmand, S. (2019). Brief 4. Scaling up social norm change: Risk management and monitoring. K4D Emerging Issues Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.


1st April 2019