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
A practical alternative to calculating unmet need
We propose an alternate approach that categorizes individuals by their perceived need for family planning.
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Resources
[Brief] Moving from Pilot to Scale: Lessons Learned from the GREAT Project
A review of the lessons learned from the GREAT project offers insights into the art and science of implementing, documenting, and evaluating scale-up.
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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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[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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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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Resources
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: 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: 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
Addressing norms together: Reflections from the Francophone Africa community of practice launch in Kinshasa, DRC
“Nous sommes une grande famille, maintenant” / “Together, we’re one big family, now” – Many of our regional members!   On June 28 and 29 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over 30 regional members joined together...
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In New Publication, Tékponon Jikuagou Researchers Propose an Alternative Classification of ‘Family Planning Need’
“A practical alternative to calculating unmet need for family planning,” a new article authored by Susan Igras and Rebecka Lundgren of Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health and Irit Sinai of Palladium Group and published in...
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Reproductive Health: From Women’s Issue to Community Affair
[Originally posted by the Georgetown Global Health Initiative here.] Reproductive health is often viewed as a women’s issue, leaving the broader community—and men, specifically—excluded from the conversation. Members of...
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