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
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
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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[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
[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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Roving Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives Poster, Nepal
Roving Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives (RANMs) provide essential health services, including family planning, to hard-to-reach communities in Nepal. These informational posters were designed to increase demand for RANM's services at the community level.
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Resources
Jordan's 2002 to 2012 Fertility Stall and Parallel USAID Investments in Family Planning
Explores reasons for stagnation in Jordan's total fertility rate and assessed the effects of USAID programming on family planning outcomes over the same time period.
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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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A practical alternative to calculating unmet need
We propose an alternate approach that categorizes individuals by their perceived need for family planning: real met need, perceived met need, real no need, perceived no need, and perceived unmet need.
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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. Games and topics are introduced and facilitated by influential community partners who are well-positioned to share information and promote reflection among their own family members and peers.
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Blog
“We learned about sex from Google”
In the shell of an unfinished health center and under clear skies in Rupandehi, we met with nine young men (18 – 21 years old) for a focus group. We had recruited the men to help us test qualitative questions for an upcoming evaluation. They were...
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GHI Collaborative Research Seed Grant Supports Violence Prevention Program in Accra, Ghana
[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.]   A popular Akan proverb – Prayɛ, sɛ woyi baako a na ebu; wokabomu a emmu – extols the power of several broomsticks working together. While I have known this...
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So, This Method is Effective—For Whom?
Why is diversity important in family planning efficacy studies? When conducting research in a multicultural society like the US, study samples need to be diverse to represent the target population. It’s important for women (and men) who are...
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