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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Focus Areas
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
Resources
A practical alternative to calculating unmet need
We propose an alternate approach that categorizes individuals by their perceived need for family planning. The suggested approach for calculating unmet need supplements the standard calculations and is helpful for designing programs to better address women’s and men’s individual needs in diverse contexts.
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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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Closing the gap: the potential of Christian Health Associations in expanding access to family planning
Findings suggest that by strengthening capacity using a systems approach, Christian Health Associations can meaningfully contribute to national and international family planning goals.
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Brief: FACT Project's Pragati Solution
Working through existing social networks, Pragati uses a series of games to diffuse information about fertility awareness and family planning to individuals, catalyzing conversation with others.
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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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Brief: Transforming Masculinities
Transforming Masculinities is an evidence-based approach to promote gender equality and positive masculinities within faith communities. It is based upon the understanding that spiritual beliefs and faith leaders are part of the structure that shapes social and gender norms, and focuses on prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence.
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Resources
Brief: Dismantling Social Barriers to Family Planning Use: Tékponon Jikuagou in Benin
Pilot results showed that exposure to Tékponon Jikuagou led to statistically significant increases in couple communication and family planning use.
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Resources
Social Norms Background Reader
This reader provides a broad overview of social norm theory, measurement, and scale-up and costing, and sets the stage for the work of the Learning Collaborative to Advance Research and Practice on Normative Change for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-being.
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Blog
Where to find us: IRH and partners at the 2017 Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum
Are you – or someone you know – one of the 500 participants who will be at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September? You won’t want to miss the exciting presentations, panels, and posters...
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In EDEAN, Youth Leaders Create a Space to Reflect on Fertility and Family Planning
Where I live in Uganda, people often think reproductive health is a “private” issue that should not be discussed openly in the community. Open, reflective dialogue can be difficult due to cultural, social and gender norms that have taught us not...
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Challenging the norm in Nepal: the value of community critical reflection
In Nepal today, while fertility rates are slowly decreasing, the average woman still has more children than she desires. Marginalized women—such as Janajati, Dalit, or Muslims—face higher barriers to health care services and information about...
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