PRB is implementing a project, Bridging High Impact Family Planning Communications and Advocacy, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goals of this project, which began in May 2016, are to facilitate investment in effective policy and program interventions for youth family planning (FP) and to improve the use of data and evidence for FP advocacy.
The project has two components:
1) Develop an index assessing countries' commitments to policy and program interventions that increase youth access to and use of contraception.
2) Establish a Resource Hub to provide advocacy partners with analyses, communication materials, data, and advocacy capacity to achieve their objectives.
Youth FP Policy Scorecard
PRB's Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard, released in April 2017, measures the favorability of national policy and program environments for youth uptake of contraception. It reviews countries’ commitments across six indicators that have been proven to affect access to and use of contraception among youth ages 15 to 24. The current version of the scorecard includes data for sixteen countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sindh (Pakistan), Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.
The goal of the scorecard is to increase understanding about what makes a policy environment favorable to youth and adolescent uptake of contraception and what barriers young people face to accessing services, thus providing governments, donors, and civil society with greater knowledge of where to invest their resources.
PRB’s “Youth Contraceptive Use: Effective Interventions, Reference Guide” compiles existing evidence of policy and program interventions that have proven to be effective in increasing access to and use of contraception among youth, as well as those that are promising but have inconclusive evidence and those shown to be ineffective.
Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub
The Resource Hub provides support to FP advocacy partners to develop evidence-based advocacy materials and strategies. PRB is developing customized products that enhance advocates’ abilities to analyze, interpret, and communicate data and evidence to educate local decisionmakers of the benefits of FP. The Resource Hub currently supports two advocacy initiatives.
PRB collaborated with the Advance Family Planning team in Tanzania to develop a package of materials highlighting new survey results on adolescent pregnancy and youth FP. The three regional infographics, short multimedia video, policy brief, and media guide connect investments in youth to broader national development and outline actions that policymakers can take to meet young people's FP needs. These materials will support partners' ongoing advocacy at national and subnational levels.
In India, PRB collaborated with AFP and Pathfinder International to develop a multimedia video outlining how family planning shapes women’s empowerment and community well-being. The video can be used as a tool for corporate social responsibility (CSR) managers to advocate for corporate boards to allocate funds towards FP programs in nearby communities. An accompanying fact sheet further details how investing in family planning can spur India’s economy, catalyze the workforce, and improve health outcomes of women and children in India.
In West Africa, PRB has partnered with the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP) Coordination Unit and its Youth Ambassadors (YAs), who are enthusiastic and dynamic champions for youth access to FP. PRB and the YAs held a cocreation workshop to plan two compelling advocacy tools for the YAs to launch at the 2016 OP Annual Meeting and later customize and adapt in individual countries. A short introductory video outlines youth FP needs in the region and the need for urgent attention. A multimedia presentation highlights barriers in youth access to contraception, the tangible benefits of overcoming those barriers, and youth-focused recommendations for action.