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Family Planning

Technical Publications and Resources

Across the globe, EngenderHealth has proven that even in resource-poor settings, family planning services can be safe, effective, and affordable. We have developed a number of technical publications related to this:

Additional family planning publications are included below.


The SEED™ Assessment Guide for Family Planning Programming
Grounded in EngenderHealth's SEED Programming Model™, this comprehensive, easy-to-use tool helps program managers and staff to identify strengths and weaknesses in their family planning (FP) programs that will inform the design or redesign of these interventions. The guide is intended for family planning program staff in technical organizations, ministries of health, donor agencies, and others working in family planning. To aid staff in assessing their programs, this user-friendly guide outlines a systematic approach that includes 25 key programming elements that are crucial to a holistic, robust FP program; sample outlines for a desk review and final report; and eight adaptable key informant discussion guides.
(2011) English. Available for download

Reality √: A Planning and Advocacy Tool for Strengthening Family Planning Programs
Version 2, December 2010
In the reproductive health and family planning field, contraceptive prevalence rates (CPR) are often discussed. Programmers and policy makers are frequently asked to forecast overall contraceptive and method prevalence rates at national or local levels and to analyze past CPR trends. Projecting contraceptive and method-specific prevalence rates is essential to evaluating current efforts, setting goals for the future, and planning realistically for the resources the program will require. But staff are often not equipped with the data or tools they need to make realistic programming decisions. Originally developed under the ACQUIRE Project, this programmatic and technical model/tool, examines the relationship of contraceptive prevalence to contraceptive users, adopters, and commodities. Reality √ allows for gauging what are realistic goals for national, district, and facility-level programming, as well as helping planners use existing data to project CPR and method mix into the future and test scenarios that impact CPR. This type of local, specific data is crucial to:

  • Evaluating whether contraceptive prevalence goals are achievable
  • Programming based on data
  • Advocating for the resources needed to actually achieve goals

Reality √ allows one to project the future CPR needs of the geographic area where one's program is operating and is important for programmers in planning activities and interventions. The data can also provide evidence to use for advocacy purposes—one can advocate for an increase in family planning resources based on projected data.
(2010) Available for download


A Resource Package for Family Planning and Beyond: The ACQUIRE Project Digital Archive
This archive constitutes ACQUIRE’s legacy and has been designed as a searchable knowledge resource for the RH/FP community. The different sections of the archive contain a wide range of resources that were developed over the life of the project, at both the global and the country (field) levels. The resources are organized across eight thematic areas: The ACQUIRE program model; Invest in family planning and LAPMs; Program effectively: principles, models, and tools; Strengthen the quality of services and systems; Community engagement, marketing, and communications; Integrated family planning and LAPMs into other services; Engage Men as Partners(R); Program for the special needs of young married clients.
(2009) Visit the Archive

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