Anthrologica provided social science support to the Collective Service to strengthen the application of social science knowledge in RCCE. Understanding how communities’ perceptions, capacities, practices, and behaviours evolve and how they affect COVID-19 transmission and control is vital to identify and adapt effective strategies that support community-led outbreak responses. The social science support entailed for example the design of the RCCE behaviour change framework
, development and adaptation of research tools and approaches
, and standards to support partners to conduct operational social science research, developing social science analytics
in RCCE to inform operational and strategic decision-making and highlight evidence gaps
to advocate for investments in local level research. Strengthening the social science capacity of response actors has been a critical component of Anthrologica’s global role (see above on Strengthening social science capacity in RCCE).