There are lots of models of human behaviour which can be used to
conceptualise behaviour change for more effective learning and future
programming within, across and beyond human development.
Traditional approaches to reviewing the effectiveness of behaviour
change interventions in the fields of human development have focused
upon categorising studies according to the specific behaviour of
interest, for example promoting handwashing with soap or the desired
outcome, for example, HIV prevention. However, behaviours might be more
usefully classified in a more cross-cutting manner according to 'type'
of behaviour allowing human development specialists to better identify
the most promising behaviour change intervention or theory to the
behaviour of interest.
This report includes summaries of categorisations that have been, or
could be, applied to health-related behaviours and information on the
theory behind the categorisations and the contents of these different
Holley, C. Helpdesk Report: Categorising Behaviourial Characteristics. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2012) 21 pp.
Helpdesk Report: Categorising Behaviourial Characteristics