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
Fertility Awareness Webinar
The FACT Project team presents three innovative solutions developed to address an unmet need for family planning, and demonstrates how fertility awareness can be integrated into variety of SBC approaches.
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Resources
Fertility Awareness & Body Literacy Guide
Coming soon! Learn how integrating fertility awareness into social and behavior change (SBC) activities can improve health and wellbeing.
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Resources
Market-testing a smartphone application for FP
Findings indicate that a social media campaign is a low-cost approach to making the CycleBeads app accessible and that fertility awareness-based apps have the potential to address an unmet need.
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Resources
Does it take a village? Fostering gender equity among early adolescents in Nepal
Results of a study of the Choices, Voices, Promises interventions suggest a positive effect on norms at the individual level and an added benefit from interventions for families and communities in rural Nepal
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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
User profile and preferences in fertility apps
Data collected from 1,000 women surveyed user preferences around fertility app characteristics, including aesthetics, features, functionality, and reputation.
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Resources
Brief: Strengthening FP with FBOs in Uganda
Faith-based organizations have longstanding health and development programs within which family planning can be integrated. Results of this project suggest that by strengthening their capacity, FBOs can meaningfully contribute to national and international family planning goals.
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Resources
Community-Based Norms Focused Interventions
This brief outlines the key attributes of a norms-focused approach and offers an operational definition of what constitutes a normative change approach.
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Resources
Processing gender: lived experiences of reproducing and transforming gender norms over the life course of young people in Northern Uganda
The article results from a qualitative, longitudinal study conducted in tandem with the Gender Roles Equality and Transformation (GREAT) Project
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Blog
Menstrual norms in Nepal…. They are changing!
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of...
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Managing Menstruation in Nepal: My personal story about deeply rooted social norms
Recently, Nepal has received a lot of attention from the international community due to a New York Times article on Chhaupadi – the practice of isolating menstruating women and girls – and social taboos around menstruation. As part of the...
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Processing Gender: Learning from Josephine’s Journey
A new article published in Culture, Health and Sexuality, “Processing Gender: Lived Experiences of Reproducing and Transforming Gender Norms over the Adolescent Life Course in Northern Uganda,” provides a framework to identify the resources,...
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