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COPE® for Contraceptive Security Job Aid (PDF, 140MB)
January 2014

COPE® for Contraceptive Security: An Assessment Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)
An Adaptation of the COPE® Quality Improvement Approach
October 2013


Reality √:  A Planning and Advocacy Tool for Strengthening Family Planning Programs
Version 2, December 2010
In the reproductive health and family planning field, contraceptive prevalence rates (CPR) are often discussed. Programmers and policy makers are frequently asked to forecast overall contraceptive and method prevalence rates at national or local levels and to analyze past CPR trends. Projecting contraceptive and method-specific prevalence rates is essential to evaluating current efforts, setting goals for the future, and planning realistically for the resources the program will require. But staff are often not equipped with the data or tools they need to make realistic programming decisions. Originally developed under the ACQUIRE Project, this programmatic and technical model/tool, examines the relationship of contraceptive prevalence to contraceptive users, adopters, and commodities. Reality √ allows for gauging what are realistic goals for national, district, and facility-level programming, as well as helping planners use existing data to project CPR and method mix into the future and test scenarios that impact CPR. This type of local, specific data is crucial to:

  • Evaluating whether contraceptive prevalence goals are achievable
  • Programming based on data
  • Advocating for the resources needed to actually achieve goals

Reality √ allows one to project the future CPR needs of the geographic area where one’s program is operating and is important for programmers in planning activities and interventions. The data can also provide evidence to use for advocacy purposes—one can advocate for an increase in family planning resources based on projected data. (2010)
Available online:
•  Reality √ Package (zip file, 5.3MB)
•  User's Guide English (PDF, 2.5MB), French (PDF, 1.8MB) 
•  Reality √ Tool English (Excel, 1MB), French (Excel, 1.3MB)   
•  Population Calculator English (Excel, 7MB), French (Excel, 7.2MB) 
•  Method Mix Calculators English (Excel, 44KB), French (Excel, 102KB)
•  Summary: Reality √ 2-Pager English (PDF, 2.3MB) and French (PDF, 2.3MB)
•  Trainer's Guide English (PDF, 664KB) and French (664KB) May 2011  


Stat-Shot: Focused Family Planning Data at Your Fingertips
March 2012
The RESPOND Project recently completed a secondary analysis of 40 Demographic and Health Surveys to explore the characteristics of users and nonusers of different FP methods. Indicators explored include parity, ideal number of children, wealth quintile, urban vs. rural location, and source of method, with methods categorized as traditional, short-acting, or long-acting and
permanent.

The findings from this analysis have been compiled into a user-friendly web-based and downloadable application, called Stat-Shot: Focused Family Planning Data at Your Fingertips. This innovative tool has been designed for a wide range of users. For example, Stat-Shot can inform advocacy presentations by highlighting disparities in method use and can enable evidence-based decision making and priority setting among program managers by identifying existing gaps in knowledge or underserved segments of the population.

Summary: Stat-Shot 1-Pager (PDF, 721KB) 

Stat-Shot User's Guide (PDF, 2MB) November 2013


Organizational Capacity Assessment for Family Planning Programming 
December 2012
This tool uses an assessment approach developed by the RESPOND Project to enable organizations to quickly assess their capacity to provide family planning (FP) services, with an emphasis on long-acting methods of contraception (the IUD and implants). The tool helps organizations assess their own capacity and is intended to capture what systems are in place to support the provision of high-quality services for long-acting methods, at the organizational level, not simply at the clinic level.
English (PDF, 562KB) and French (PDF, 636KB)


LA/PMs: A Smart FP/RH Program Investment
Ensuring access to information about and affordable quality services for a wide range of contraceptive methods within family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) programs is vital to enabling women and men to achieve their reproductive intentions, whether they choose to delay a first pregnancy, space pregnancies, or limit further childbearing. Long-acting and permanent methods (LA/PMs)-the intrauterine device (IUD), the hormonal implant, female sterilization, and vasectomy-have a central role to play in meeting the needs of individuals and couples safely, conveniently, and effectively.

This eLearning course is designed to provide learners with a solid understanding of LA/PMs, the rationale for investing the necessary resources to make these methods more widely available in the contraceptive method mix of national FP/RH programs, and the benefits they can provide to both clients and health systems. The course presents a combination of technical information, leadership and training strategies, and holistic programming experiences from the field, to enable learners to understand:

  • Why LA/PMs are vital to address unmet need (i.e., the difference between women's expressed reproductive intentions and their method use)
  • How the gap between intentions and practice could be closed by increasing people's awareness of LA/PMs, correcting misinformation about them, and increasing their availability

This evidence-based resource complements the catalogue of courses offered in the Family Planning/Reproductive Health and Maternal Health Certificate Programs of the Global Health eLearning Center at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau of Global Health. We encourage you to include this course as part of your continuing education and as a stimulus to your thinking on how to address FP/RH challenges in the field.


The Training Resource Package for Family Planning 
2013
The Training Resource Package for Family Planning, to which the RESPOND Project contributed, contains curriculum components and tools needed to design, implement, and evaluate training. It offers essential resources for family planning and reproductive health trainers, supervisors, and program managers. The entire package is designed to support up-to-date training on family planning and reproductive health. The development of the TRP was led by USAID, World Health Organization, and United Nations Population Fund, with full participation from technical and training experts representing multiple agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), and USAID implementing partners EngenderHealth, FHI 360, the Institute for Reproductive Health, IntraHealth International, Jhpiego, The Johns Hopkins University, Management Sciences for Health, and Pathfinder International.  


Quantification of Health Commodities: Contraceptive Companion Guide
November 2011
USAID | DELIVER and RESPOND Project LA/PM Technical Brief 

Using Quantification to Support Introduction and Expansion of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception
October 2010
USAID | DELIVER and RESPOND Project LA/PM Technical Brief

Medical Instruments and Expendable Medical Supplies Needed to Provide Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception 
July 2013
This table outlines the specific medical instruments and expendable medical supplies necessary to provide high quality LA/PMs. Developed as a job aid, it is meant to facilitate LA/PM service delivery and ensure contraceptive security. (PDF, 400KB)


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