Research for change in Colombia and Haiti: Why we need socio-behavioural evidence for transformative school-based programming

This paper presents two examples of formative research conducted to inform the design and development of WFP’s school-based programmes in Colombia and Haiti. The Colombia example demonstrates how a school feeding programme can use formative research to look for ways to address additional or emerging issues, such as preventing discrimination. The Haiti example highlights the importance of identifying social norms and gender-related inequalities prior to the design of a project.

This paper summarises how evidence was gathered in both Colombia and Haiti, the ways in which evidence was used to inform programming, and how this process has the potential to lead to positive transformation in the longer term.

The report is also availlable in Spanish.