What Is the Evidence that Evidence Is Used in Decision-making on Family Planning Policies, Programs, and Practices?

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With ambitious global goals for family planning and reproductive health over the next decade, there is increased attention to implementing those policies, programs, and practices that are grounded in solid evidence.

But to what extent does such evidence influence the decisions made by program managers and policymakers? The Evidence Project is reviewing the literature to better understand the role of evidence in informing family planning and reproductive health decision-making, with a focus on country-level policies, programs, and practices.

Identifying the factors that facilitate or impede the uptake of evidence in decision-making, in conjunction with other factors that influence decision-making, will shape the project’s work to increase use of evidence and to conduct implementation research on improving uptake of evidence.