Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA) is a four-and-a-half year project (2017-2021) implemented by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
EEDA’s goals are to improve the implementation of existing family planning policies, especially those that support youth access to and use of contraception; and generate new funding and policy commitments for family planning in response to evidence-driven advocacy. It aims to achieve these goals by increasing youth advocates’ capacity to measure policy implementation and hold governments accountable for their commitments, and increasing decisionmakers’ use of evidence.
Youth Advocacy Partnership in Five Countries
Together, PRB and IYAFP assessed the implementation of youth-friendly family planning services in five countries. Through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and surveys at the national and subnational level in each country, the assessments identified strengths and gaps in the implementation of family planning services to youth ages 15 to 24. We then worked together to create tailored communications materials that make the case for specific advocacy objectives tied to the findings and trained youth advocates on policy communication skills to integrate evidence generated by the assessments into their advocacy.
Access communications materials that make the case for specific advocacy objectives tied to our research findings in five countries:
Young people’s ability to freely determine their reproductive lives greatly affects their livelihood and that of their future families. EEDA offers young people the opportunity to lead substantive policy research and drive accountability for commitments that affect them through targeted advocacy strategies.
Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub
The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, a component of the EEDA project, equips advocacy organizations with communication products that fluently integrate data and evidence in formats that are compelling to decisionmakers. When paired with effective advocacy strategies, our evidence-based communication messages and tools can catalyze the progress of family planning advocacy organizations toward their objectives and goals.
Through the Resource Hub, PRB offers support to organizations based on their advocacy needs, goals, and existing capacity, and develops customized communications materials that align with partner organizations’ priorities for evidence-based family planning messages.
PRB accepts applications biannually from partners interested in Resource Hub support. Interested organizations must be based in a low or lower-middle income country and have an established record of family planning advocacy or policy work and outcomes.
Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard
PRB continues to monitor the policy environment for youth-friendly family planning services through our flagship Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard, updated annually. The Scorecard, available on a digital platform in English and French, analyzes the policy environment of 22 countries across eight indicators proven to increase youth access to and use of contraception.