The Evidence Project

The Evidence Project uses implementation science—the strategic generation, translation, and use of evidence—to strengthen, scale up, and sustain family planning services to reduce unintended pregnancies worldwide. 

The Issue

The international health and development community has a renewed focus on the need for high-quality, rights-based family planning and reproductive health services around the world. This comes at a time when an estimated 214 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy are not using effective contraception. Therefore, there is a continued need for evidenced-based approaches to expand global access to high-quality, rights-based family planning and reproductive health services and to reduce barriers to contraceptive use.

The Progress

The Evidence Project, led by the Population Council and with support of partners International Planned Parenthood Federation, PATH, and Population Reference Bureau, is using implementation science to pinpoint how family planning and reproductive health services can operate more effectively, equitably, and at scale. Working with local, national, and global stakeholders, the project promotes the use of this evidence and existing high impact practices to improve and scale up service delivery and access to vital information and contraceptive services—critical issues for effectively reducing unintended pregnancies and meeting family planning needs around the world. The project addresses gender, equity, rights, and accountability across all ongoing activities.

The Impact

Through more than 50 activities in 15 countries, the Evidence Project is expanding access to quality, voluntary family planning by:

  • Expanding the range and availability of contraceptives to improve client choices and health outcomes;
  • Supporting shifts in contraceptive service provision to lower-level providers;
  • Developing measures to assess rights-based family planning at the service delivery level;
  • Mapping the ways in which social accountability methods can improve family planning programs;
  • Strengthening reproductive health in workplace health standards, services, and programs; and
  • Responding to rapidly changing social norms and contraceptive behaviors, with an eye to contextual factors.

The Evidence Project generates, synthesizes, and shares high-quality evidence and solutions and continuously engages local and global stakeholders to ensure that family planning policies, programs, and practices are informed by evidence.

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