Skip to main content
Pages and Files
SRHR Global Newsletters
Maternal Health Alliance Project
Community Health Worker Initiative
Integrated Family Health Initiative
Adolescent Reproductive Health
Tékponon Jikuagou (TJ)
SRHR in West Africa
All Project Summaries
Key Tools and Approaches
Social Analysis & Action
The Community Score Card
MH Reference Guide
All Tool Summaries
Global Statistics and other CARE Resources
Maternal Death Reviews
Conferences and Workshops
Other CARE Wikis
Child marriage wiki
Social Analysis and Action
What is SAA?
Social Analysis and Action (SAA) is a facilitated process through which individuals and communities explore and challenge the social norms, beliefs and practices that shape their lives and health. The goal of SAA is to catalyze a community-led change process through which community members challenge restrictive norms and act together to create more equitable gender norms as well as community support for sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights. Unique and central to SAA is that the process of critical reflection and dialogue begins with CARE staff and SAA facilitators to prepare ourselves for implementing SAA with the community.
SAA process has three core elements: 1) reflection, dialogue and exploration, 2) envisioning alternatives and challenging harmful norms, and 3) action for improved health. Click here for the
The SAA approach has been used as part of family planning and reproductive health programming in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Mali, Madagascar, and Honduras, among other countries. A final evaluation of the model in 2013 in three countries revealed significant changes in family planning (FP) knowledge and practices as well as associations between FP and equitable gender attitudes and behaviors.
Read more about the SAA approach
What's unique about SAA? Check out
Social Analysis and Action: An Integrative Approach to Catalyzing Change through Reflection and Action
SAA Global Implementation Manual
This manual contains an in-depth description of SAA core tools and adaptation of those tools for each step of the SAA process and CARE's global outcome areas, and an introduction to monitoring, evaluation and learning for SAA.
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for SAA
This living document provides guidance to staff implementing SAA who are seeking to develop or strengthen their program’s comprehensive MEL framework to include SAA and gain a deeper understanding of the changes facilitated by using the model.
SAA Ideas and Action (
This publication, designed for CARE program planners and managers and focused on sexual and reproductive health, explains SAA at both a conceptual and practical level (includes description of SAA process, case studies, and tools).
Brief: Advancing Gender Equality & Women's Voice with SAA
Brief: Multiplying Impact through SAA (
SAA Training Toolkit (
SAA Staff Reflection Guide
Guidance for pairing SAA with Community Score Card
SAA in Action: Bead Game
SAA in Action: Pile Sorting
Click here for
Project Espoir, Mali
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"