This working paper, based on the work of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Community Involvement in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, presents a framework that links community involvement interventions to desired adolescent health outcomes. The publication includes a set of social change indicators as well as several case studies that evaluate relevant programming.
While it has long been observed that individual, structural and social changes result from community participation, many adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes lack empirical evidence of how these changes can occur. This publication provides a basis for gathering this evidence. In addition to specifically linking community involvement interventions to desired adolescent health outcomes, the framework also captures outcomes of community-involvement processes that go beyond the realm of more typical adolescent health programming and helps identify and acknowledge a broader range of ways to involve communities to effect social change.