New Partnership with Pathfinder International on “Beyond Bias” Project

Despite the increase of availability of sexual reproductive health (SRH) and family planning (FP) services in many developing countries, social norms and behavioral/psychological biases create additional barriers that prevent women and adolescents girls from accessing contraceptives and realizing their SRH and FP preferences. One major barrier for adolescents and young women (aged 15-24) is the conscious and/or subconscious bias of SRH and FP service providers impacting the provision of contraceptives and the quality of care received.

To this end, BERI is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Pathfinder International, Ylabs, and the Camber Collective on the “Beyond Bias” project. This ambitious project across 3 countries (Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Pakistan) will utilize Behavioral Economics (BE) and Human Centered Design (HCD) inspired interventions to generate actionable evidence on effective strategies to address this entrenched problem of provider bias.

BERI affiliated faculty Manisha Shah (UCLA), Will Dow (UC Berkeley), Aprajit Mahajan (UC Berkeley), Willa Friedman (University of Houston), Sandra McCoy (UC Berkeley), and Nancy Padian (UC Berkeley) will bring their expertise in the field to design and implement a rigorous impact evaluation of this 3 country intervention.

This multi-country project will leverage the multidisciplinary expertise of the partner organizations; representing a unique opportunity to investigate the manifestation of provider bias and empirically evaluate the effectiveness of BE/HCD techniques to address it across different contexts.

If you would like to read more about this project, please see the article in Philanthropy News Digest , and the press release by Pathfinder International.