Program managers and policymakers often seek to increase links between family planning services and related services that traditionally were provided separately. The Assessing Integration Methodology (AIM) was developed by the Population Council to guide decisions regarding the feasibility, quality, and effectiveness of specific family planning and related service combinations. The AIM handbook covers integration of family planning with HIV counseling and testing, postabortion care, antenatal care, diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections, and postpartum care.
Decisionmakers can use the AIM handbook to assess the feasibility of linking services, identify programmatic or structural barriers to integration, pilot-test approaches to integrating services, evaluate the effect of linked or integrated services, and assess and evaluate the costs of models to integrate services.
The handbook includes data-collection forms to support and evaluate integration efforts, including forms for client and provider interviews, service and equipment inventory, and other documentation.