The Evidence Project Contributes to the Global Discussion on the Standard Days Method of Contraception

The Evidence Project’s recently released synthesis, “Standard Days Method of Contraception: Evidence on Use, Implementation, and Scale Up,” served as a background paper for the WHO and USAID-sponsored Technical Consultation on the Classification of Contraceptives held January 20-21, 2015, in Geneva. One of the aims of the meeting was to review the current classification systems for contraceptive methods and to standardize definitions and methodology.

“Our working paper examined a decade and a half of evidence on the Standard Days Method, ranging from its efficacy and effectiveness to its scale up, justifying its classification as a modern method,” noted Dr. Karen Hardee, Director of the Evidence Project and a consultation participant.

Dr. Hardee also presented findings from the working paper at the Technical Consultation, Standard Days Method in Community-Based Family Planning (CBFP) Programs, held December 9, 2014, in Washington, DC, and hosted by Advancing Partners & Communities. The meeting focused on the integration of the Standard Days Method in CBFP programs, identifying the key benefits of and barriers to using SDM in such programs, and generating strategies to overcome these barriers. Participants at the Technical Consultation included representatives from 20 organizations and donors with experience or interest in integrating SDM in CBFP programs. To view the presentations, go to