Welcome to the CycleBeads® Integration Guide, a resource for U.S.-based family planning programs who wish to integrate the Standard Days Method® (SDM), used with CycleBeads, into their services.

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“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” –Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2015

| Passages Project | Family Planning | Adolescents

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. Known locally as Masculinité, Famille, […]

Publication | Passages Project | Family Planning | Gender Equality

Acknowledging that decades of programming to promote greater access to information and services have not closed the gap between unmet and met need, Tékponon Jikuagou guides communities to shift social norms surrounding family planning and leads to new ideas, attitudes, and behaviors that support family planning use. Pilot results showed that exposure to Tékponon Jikuagou […]

Publication | Tékponon Jikuagou | Family Planning | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

[Originally posted on the PSI Impact blog here.] Instances of early pregnancy, gender-based and intimate partner violence, and child marriage are an unfortunate reality for millions of women. In many settings, sustained improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health will only be obtained by addressing the social norms—unspoken rules that govern behavior—that inhibit family planning […]

Blog | Passages Project | Adolescents | Gender Equality

Gender-based violence is recognized as a significant health and human rights issue that prevents women, families, and countries around the world from achieving their full potential.

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focus area | FAM Project | GREAT Project | Technical Assistance

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A new article published in mHeath Journal — “Implementation of CycleTel Family Advice: an SMS-based service to provide family planning and fertility awareness information in India” — details the success and challenges of sharing reproductive health knowledge through mobile technology. Authored by Nicki Ashcroft, Victoria Shelus, Himanshu Garg, Courtney McLaron-Silk, and Victoria Jennings of Georgetown University’s Institute […]

Blog | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

Social norms – the often unspoken rules that govern behavior – shape the trajectories of young people’s lives. The impact on young people of harmful social norms, such as expectations related to gender-based violence, early marriage and early parenthood, is receiving increasing attention and programmatic efforts are underway to shift these norms. These efforts present […]

Report | Adolescents