Involve Communities

We strive to involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve wellbeing.

Expand Family Planning Choices
We strive to expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide.
Advance Gender Equality

We strive to help men and women across the lifecycle learn about and take charge of their reproductive health.

Involve Communities

We strive to involve communities in reproductive health interventions that improve wellbeing.

Expand Family Planning Choices
We strive to expand family planning choices to meet the needs of women and men worldwide.
Advance Gender Equality

We strive to help men and women across the lifecycle learn about and take charge of their reproductive health.

Focus Areas
Gender Equality
Addressing gender is implicit in our work. We view gender equity as a cross cutting issue that must be embedded throughout the design and evaluation of all of reproductive health programs.
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Family Planning
IRH is committed to meeting the evolving family planning needs of women and couples throughout the lifecycle by ensuring they have access to a broad range of options...
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Adolescents
IRH addresses this critical time of early adolescence with approaches that improve body literacy and fertility awareness to help young people understand their maturing bodies...
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Fertility Awareness
IRH believes that by placing accurate information about fertility in the hands of women, men, girls, and boys, they will be able to understand how sex, reproduction and family planning interconnect...
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Strategic Scale-up
IRH has multiple years of experience scaling up successful pilot programs to address unmet need for family planning and studying the process along the way.
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Mobilizing technology for reproductive health
IRH recognizes the opportunity to leverage technology to improve reproductive health outcomes.
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Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
IRH is an applied research organization that focuses on implementation science; monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE) is intrinsic to our work.
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Projects
Tékponon Jikuagou
Tékponon Jikuagou aims to reduce unmet need for family planning in Benin through social network interventions with a goal to create a social environment that fosters reflective family planning dialogue.
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Projects
FACT Project
Fostering an environment where women and men can take actions to protect their reproductive health with increased fertility awareness and expanded access to FAM at the community level.
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Projects
Passages Project
Passages will build the evidence base and contribute to the capacity of the global community to strengthen normative environments that support reproductive health.
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Projects
Learning Collaborative
The Learning Collaborative envisions a world where programs improve adolescent health by applying normative science at scale.
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Projects
Strengthening family planning through FBOs
Faith based organizations have significant influence on values and behaviors around timing and spacing of pregnancies.
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Projects
REAL Fathers Initiative
The REAL Fathers Initiative aims to build positive parenting practices among young fathers in post-conflict Northern Uganda to reduce the incidence of violence.
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Projects
Technical Assistance
IRH provides technical assistance both in-country and internationally in social science research and project monitoring, learning, and evaluation.
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GREAT Project
The GREAT Project aims to promote gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors among adolescents (ages 10-19) and their communities with the goal of reducing gender-based violence.
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FAM Project
The FAM Project builds upon the experience of previous USAID-funded projects in which IRH developed, tested and introduced fertility awareness-based methods (FAM)...
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Resources
[Webinar] Costing of Social Norms Interventions
This webinar covered key steps, challenges, and solutions for costing of social norm interventions.
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Resources
Brief: FACT Project’s Radio Drama
How do you overcome deeply held misconceptions and offer accurate, actionable information about sex, fertility, and family planning?
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Resources
Dot Study Recruitment Paper
Recruiting and enrolling participants for the Dot efficacy study involved making decisions based on research and analytic data, constant process modification, and close monitoring and evaluation of the effect of these modifications.
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Resources
Side-Effects and Social Norms Influencing Family Planning Use in Nepal
This formative study explored the factors that influence the use of family planning in Nepal.
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Fact Sheet: Dot Efficacy Study
The study to assess the efficacy of the Dynamic Optimal Timing™ (Dot) App is the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method.
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Resources
[Brief] REAL Fathers Pilot Results
The REAL Fathers Initiative is a community-based mentoring program that works with young fathers (16-25 years old) who are parenting a child 1-3 years old. Read the brief to learn more about the pilot intervention and its effect on young fathers and their families.
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Resources
Learning Collaborative Overview Brief
The Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change envisions a world where the powerful influence of social norms in shaping adolescents’ lives is widely understood, and where projects and programs improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health by applying normative science at scale.
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Resources
Brief: FACT Project’s WALAN Solution
WALAN is a community-based group learning approach that aims to increase fertility awareness, encourage family planning use, and expand access to FAM.
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Resources
[VIDEO] FACT Project's EDEAN Solution
See how the FACT Project's EDEAN intervention is using a community theater approach to teach fertility awareness.
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Blog
Growing up GREAT! Youth-Led Evaluation sparks interest at USAID Event
Directly involving youth in program evaluation has become increasingly popular in international development programs that focus on youth, especially those that use a Positive Youth Development framework. Engaging youth in all aspects of program...
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Georgetown Researchers Publish Recruitment Details from Real-Time Efficacy Study of a Fertility App
WASHINGTON (April 23, 2018) — Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) published a new paper detailing the process of recruiting participants for year-long prospective study to measure the efficacy of an...
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Where to find us: IRH at the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit
The IRH team is preparing to travel to Bali, Indonesia for the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit and we want to ensure our colleagues and partners know where to find us.  
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