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The LA/PM Community of Practice: Collective Learning and Knowledge Sharing

In 2009, the RESPOND Project launched a community of practice (CoP) in the area of family planning (FP), with an emphasis on long-acting and permanent methods (LA/PMs) of contraception. The purpose of the CoP is to:

  • advance global learning and collaboration related to FP service delivery among public health professionals in international development; and,
  • strengthen commitment, support and programming for these methods among key audiences. Specifically, organizations and USAID-funded projects involved in LA/PM service delivery (including research and training).

The CoP also seeks to advance the knowledge base on LA/PMs by providing a space for technical experts and practitioners to develop, inform and contribute to relevant information resources and products. For example, working in close coordination with the USAID, RESPOND serves as the secretariat and organizes task teams to work on specific issues, such as the update of The Implants Toolkit. It also conducts regular electronic communication through the IBP Knowledge Gateway. Detailed event information is available below.

LA/PM Community of Practice Launch Meeting (June 2009, Washington D.C.)
LA/PM Community of Practice Launch - Highlights of an Experts' Consultation (PDF, 225KB)

LA/PM CoP: Implants Toolkit Working Group Meeting (December 2009, Washington, D.C.)
Implants Toolkit Working Group Meeting Report (PDF, 2.7MB)

LA/PM CoP: Research Working Group Meeting (March 2010, Washington, D.C.)
Research Working Group Meeting Report (PDF, 214KB)

LA/PM Community of Practice Mobile Services Toolkit Working Group Meeting (May 2011, Washington, D.C.)
Mobile Services Working Group Meeting Report (PDF, 133KB)

New Developments in the Calculation and Use of CYP (Couple‐Years of Protection) and Their Implications for Evaluation of Family Planning Programs (September 2011, Washington, D.C.) 
CYP Update Meeting Report (PDF, 159KB)

Bringing Long-Acting Reversible and Permanent Contraceptive Methods and Services Closer to the Client: Innovative Approaches (September 2013, Washington, D.C.)
Consultation Report (PDF, 477MB)

Technical Consultation on Expanding and Improving Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives and Permanent Methods Through the Private Sector (March 2014)
The presentations and a story on the event are now available online.
Please click here for the final report.  

LA/PM Community of Practice Technical Consultation: Expanding Choice and Access to LARCs and PMs through Social Franchising (May 2014, Washington, D.C.)
Consultation Report (PDF, 1.06MB) 


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