We asked our International Programs staff about the resources they have found useful in their work lately. Their answers run the gamut—from sources on how to use storytelling to improve knowledge sharing to go-to sites for looking up data in the field and checking a country’s legislation on reproductive health. Others on the team are now using these resources, and you may find them valuable too.
Storytelling Can Improve Knowledge Sharing
Several PRB staffers attended the recent K4Health event, “Stories + Data = Change: The Evidence on Storytelling for Global Health.” It covered topics such as the effect of stories on our brains, evidence-based methods to measure the impact of storytelling, and storytelling as a tool to improve critical knowledge sharing. Some said that speakers moved them to tears! We’re looking forward to applying the techniques discussed to create more persuasive videos and copy.
To keep our storytelling accessible, our staff regularly turns to PRB’s Population Handbook for guidance on how to explain demographic terms to journalists, policymakers, and others.
Get Briefed on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Staff working on sexual and reproductive health issues in Senegal have found Click Info Ado—Apprendre a Vivre Sénégal an informative resource. The site, which was developed by multiple stakeholders, provides a participatory approach to teaching reproductive health to Senegalese youth. It aims to speak directly to young people on topics related to reproductive health, using games and interactive exercises to enhance their life skills.
A Guttmacher-Lancet Commission report, Accelerate Progress—Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All, and supporting resources on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) propose and support a new, comprehensive definition of SRHR. They also include an associated package of health services and outline actions to be taken beyond the health sector to change social norms, laws, and policies to uphold human rights.
PATH’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Messaging Framework provides key themes and talking points on menstrual hygiene management that are suitable for most audiences. This information allows advocates to share common ground with individuals and groups and reinforce each other through their advocacy and outreach efforts.
PRB’s Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard allows you to access, interpret, and compare countries’ youth family planning policies and programming. Staff frequently rely on the digital Scorecard’s easy navigation to find information—including on mobile.
The World Bank’s Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Female Genital Mutilation describes the international and regional instruments that address female genital mutilation/cutting and domestic legislation relating to its prohibition. The Compendium is organized with topical chapters (international legal framework, consensus documents, etc.), and includes hyperlinks to source documents like United Nations conventions and national legislation.
Access Data Easily While in the Field
The Demographic and Health Survey has a mobile app that allows you to make quick comparisons on key indicators across countries while you’re on the go. The app has been a valuable resource to PRB staff traveling the globe, from Brussels to India to Nigeria to Zambia.
Merge and create unique datasets with the Demographic and Health Survey’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). This resource provides census and survey data from around the world, integrated across time and space so you can more easily study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community contexts.
Engage Young People to Improve Their Well-Being
YouthPower’s Resources page is a great resource for materials that connect with PRB’s work on youth, including material on learning and evaluation for youth development and well-being.
Gain Clarity on Global Health Assistance
The Global Health Learning Center’s course, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions—2018,” provides a useful overview of the U.S. abortion-related legal and policy restrictions, including Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance. PAI’s “Unofficial Guide to Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” aims to clarify the specific restrictions imposed on foreign nongovernmental organizations under the policy to avert overly broad interpretations of what the it does and does not require.