In July, 2002, field staff for Food for the
Hungry’s Title II project in Kenya were taught to use
Barrier Analysis. Please look through the materials listed
below to gain a better understanding of how the types of documents
were generated during the process.
Following training in Barrier Analysis, staff members developed
a question guide to analyze why people in the Marsabit area
of Kenya were not purifying their water (See Question
Guide for Barrier Analysis: Water Purification
(13kb)). At this point in the development
of Barrier Analysis, there was no comparison of Doers and
Non-Doers, so questions were applied to both Doers and Non-Doers
alike in focus group discussions. Questions were asked of
both community leaders and mothers of young children (in separate
The results from the analysis are presented in the document,
Results Table for Kenya Barrier
Analysis (July 2002)
(37kb). Following the focus groups, the staff members
filled out each row of this table, starting with "To
what degree is this a barrier?" They then examined the
current messages that address the barriers then noted which
ones needed to be modified and developed some new messages.
Lastly, for each barrier, they noted the changes needed in
the project design, then wrote indicators that could be used
to monitor the changes in behavior. This was done for each
barrier and for "positive attributes of the action,"
as well. For positive attributes, staff members focused on
how these positive attributes could be used to better promote
When summarizing your information using Barrier Analysis,
you can use the Barrier Analysis
Results Summary Table
(14kb), which incorporates the Doer and Non-Doer comparison.