PHE Projects’ Intentional Use of HIPs Can Achieve Greater Impact and Build the Evidence Base

This web feature serves as a starting point for collaboration between the PHE and family planning communities. Its goal is to encourage conversations about how intentional use of the HIPs can help PHE projects achieve stronger family planning outcomes, and how increased knowledge of PHE projects’ family planning work in rural areas can better inform the HIPs. Several recommended actions can promote this collaboration.

Strengthen awareness of HIPs among PHE implementers and advocates. Greater knowledge of HIPs will help the PHE community strengthen its family planning activities and enable PHE implementers to identify additional ways to improve their family planning work. By sharing lessons learned and best practices, the PHE community can use HIPs to achieve greater family planning impacts.

Advance the best practices of HIP implementation. PHE projects with proven effective family planning practices could promote staff as HIP/PHE champions. Additionally, appointing a PHE champion to the HIP technical advisory group could ensure direct communication between PHE projects and the advisory group, resulting in explicit recognition of how PHE projects use HIP resources with effective outcomes in remote communities.

Measure and report HIP results within PHE projects. PHE project staff could more effectively measure the impact of HIPs they use. Project managers should encourage and support PHE project teams to rigorously measure the impact of HIPs and conduct additional research necessary to identify causal links, benefiting both the family planning and PHE communities. The resulting outcomes would convey the importance of PHE projects’ contributions to international family planning goals and strengthen the HIPs evidence base.