February 2, 2018 | 2:17 pm | Liya Haile, Research Officer
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 considering a family planning method have accurate information about the experience of others like themselves in using the method. Clearly, if a study is limited to women in their 30s, it doesn’t tell us how effective a family planning method would be for women a decade younger, whose probability of pregnancy is much higher. If study participants are predominately married women, we don’t know a great deal about how effective the method is in actual use for women in more casual relationships.
January 29, 2018 | 3:27 pm | Betsy Costenbader and Rachel Lenzi (FHI 360)
Social norms are a hot topic in development. While it seems intuitive that social norms can play a key role in influencing people’s behavior (in both negative and positive ways), the jury is still out on the best way for programs to address norms. We do know that in order to provide evidence on the power of norms change to improve behavior, we need effective ways to measure and monitor norms.
What’s family planning got to do with intimate partner violence? Exchanging with experts at the 2017 SVRI Forum
December 4, 2017 | 4:16 pm | Courtney J. McLarnon-Silk, Esther Spindler (IRH); Francesca Quirke (Tearfund)
In September 2017, IRH and partners traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to present at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) Forum and share experiences with 500 other experts working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. IRH, Tearfund, and Promundo-US co-led a satellite event titled, Exploring the Links between Intimate Partner Violence and Family Planning Use: Building Knowledge for Normative Change to Promote Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.