PACE conducts analyses and produces evidence-based materials that communicate clearly to policymakers at all levels and across diverse geographies, targeting messages and products using state-of-the-art social media analysis tools to enhance digital communications.
Data Visualizations and Features
Our infographics, web features, and videos present complex topics through a combination of compelling images and concise text.
This web feature expands the concept of the demographic dividend to project four potential sets of benefits—in addition to economic growth, it outlines benefits in child survival, education, and political stability.
This infographic highlights modern male-controlled and cooperative contraceptive method use around the world and opportunities to engage more adolescent boys and men as contraceptive users and family planning clients.
This infographic introduces users to the Demand Satisfied indicator—how it is measured and how it will be used moving forward.
Over the course of their lives, women may choose to start, stop, or switch family planning methods to meet their reproductive needs and preferences. Learn about trends in contraceptive use dynamics and reasons for discontinuation in nine countries.
This research brief and infographic highlight disparities in health and education in the Sahel Region, with an analysis of girls dropping out of school for pregnancy, marriage, and unpaid care work, and provides strategies policymakers can adopt.
This web feature details a growing body of evidence that suggests that integrated population, health, and environment projects help youth in rural communities meet their development needs.
Over the last 50 years, family planning has created opportunities for women and girls to increase schooling, labor force participation, occupational choice, and wages, so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. For these reasons, family planning has often been called the key to sustainable development.
Family Planning High Impact Practices Can Improve Outcomes for Population, Health, and Environment Programs
When population, health, and environment projects use Family Planning High Impact Practices, they can direct their family planning resources more effectively to achieve greater impact.
This brief discusses the advantages and challenges of providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) to youth, provides case studies from Ethiopia and Madagascar, and outlines actions for policymakers and donors to make youth access to LARCs a reality.
Policy Briefs and Reports
Technically sound and trustworthy materials explore complex, wide-ranging population topics and present them in easily digestible formats and language.
Coordinating Analyses of Routine Health Management Information Systems Data to Identify Disruptions in Essential Health and Family Planning Care
This report summarizes key outputs and takeaways from a joint convening of Health Management Information Systems experts to promote learning, information exchange, and collaboration on the impact of health system shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on family planning and other essential health care services.
This research brief aims to better understand the relationship between use of voluntary family planning, fertility decline, human capital development, and labor productivity.
A suite of products highlighting disparities of health and education in the Sahel Region compared to the national level; sharing an analysis of the likelihood of girls dropping out of school for pregnancy, marriage, and unpaid care work; and provideing strategies policymakers can adopt to reduce these barriers.
This review aims to address these gaps by assessing the literature on specific policy interventions across sectors that explicitly contribute to achieving a demographic dividend.
Over the past decade, the incidence of conflict has been rising in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), reversing a 20-year trend. This policy brief breaks new ground by examining long-term trends in fertility in SSA among girls who lived in conflict zones when they were very young.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, national development strategies have established the goal of achieving economic growth that is both rapid and equitable across a population. Efforts to promote shared prosperity will be strengthened by demographic changes that facilitate greater investment in human capital.
The impacts of climate change—climbing temperatures, extreme weather, drought, shifting
rainfall patterns, and rising sea levels—are intensifying around the world. These impacts
threaten to undo development progress in poor and vulnerable communities.
Fostering Economic Growth, Equity, and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Family Planning
The linkages between family planning, inclusive economic growth, and resilience in SSA are featured in a new suite of materials from the PACE Project. Distilled from the PACE report Fostering Economic Growth, Equity, and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Family Planning, three policy briefs and two infographics highlight the effects of population age structure and fertility rates on SSA’s public institutions, workforce productivity, and access to water.
The Guide is a tool to help new and experienced gender trainers plan, prepare for, and facilitate the Gender Integration Continuum training session.
Valued worldwide, PRB’s data sheets synthesize and disseminate demographic data on family planning and reproductive health for countries and world regions.
The use of family planning methods has increased substantially across countries, but a significant share of women still experience unmet need.
New evidence suggests that the share of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is declining in many countries, with girls less likely to be cut than previous generations of women. Data includes survey estimates on 16 countries from surveys
This edition of the annual Data Sheet, shows a worldwide total fertility rate (TFR, or average lifetime births per woman) of 2.5. The three countries with the highest TFRs are Niger (7.3), Chad (6.4), and Somalia (6.4), while there is a five-way tie for the lowest TFR (1.2) among Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Highlights and insights from our projects.
Why Do Women Stop Using Contraception? Examining Bangladesh, Mali, and Zambia With PACE’s Choices and Challenges Tool
When decisionmakers better understand the data showing why women stop using contraception despite a preference to avoid pregnancy, they can promote policies and programs that enable continued use of and increased satisfaction with family planning services.
Future Trends in Fertility Will Shape the Demographic Window of Opportunity in USAID Priority Countries
A country’s age structure is primarily driven by its past fertility trends, which have important economic, social, and political implications. Our analysis explores the timing and duration of countries’ window of opportunity in the 24 USAID family planning priority countries under different future fertility scenarios.
Policy Dialogue Between Youth Leaders and Policymakers on Sustaining Youth Contraceptive Use in West Africa
PACE convened a two-hour virtual policy dialogue on youth contraceptive discontinuation in West Africa on May 26, in collaboration with the Réseau des Femmes Sénégalaises pour la Promotion de la Planification Familiale and Knowledge SUCCESS.
PRB reviewed three organizations’ population and fertility projections and their underlying assumptions in sub-Saharan Africa to see how they differ, with implications for policy decisionmaking and risk management related to key aspects of the global economy, environmental protection, and resource distribution.
Over the last two decades, many sub-Saharan African countries have realized remarkable increases in the use of modern contraception. More women and couples are using effective methods to choose when and how many children to have—benefiting their health, their children’s health, and the economic prospects for their families.
Interview with Amparo Gordillo-Tobar, a senior health economist at the World Bank and a 1999 alumna of PRB’s Policy Communication Fellows Program, talking about her time as a fellow and her recent work translating the toolkit to Spanish.
These guidelines seek to reconstruct how workshop leaders and program staff can better guide and train young people to be empowered in the decisionmaking and policy implementation processes.
Pernicious and difficult-to-address myths and misconceptions around modern contraception still discourage or prevent millions of women from beginning or continuing to use a method.
With the persistent problem of contraceptive stockouts, drones might seem to be a natural solution to maintaining a more even supply given unpredictable trends in demand.
The Policy Communication Toolkit consolidates training resources and includes social media for research and policy, and policy communication for budget negotiations and accountability.
One of the main reasons evidence doesn’t get to the appropriate policymakers is that researchers and policymakers have different expectations and goals
If you want to engage in policy discussions, it helps to think of larger policy changes as an overall goal, but focus on the incremental steps along the way that are equally important in achieving these goals.
In Senegal, journalists’ reporting on reproductive health issues has drawn policymakers’ attention and spurred action, contributing to a doubling of the country’s modern contraceptive use in less than a decade.
The beneficial links between population age structure change and economic development are widely known, and often described as the “demographic dividend.”
We believe that demographic and health data should play an important role in shaping and improving policies and programs around the world; but we also recognize that researchers and advocates must make a concerted effort to communicate that data strategically.
PHE projects are unique in their aim to both meet the reproductive health needs of a community while also developing environmentally sustainable livelihoods through natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
The process of reproduction begins, Dr. Nakabembe told Women’s Edition journalists, in the brain as it controls the hormones that set the reproductive process in motion. Most important, she explained why women respond so differently to the various hormonal methods of contraception.
The training curriculum came from our recently published Policy Communication Toolkit, and included skills building on key topics such as: creating a window of opportunity for policy change, crafting compelling messages, improving data visualizations, and writing and presenting for policy audiences.
We wanted to reach an audience beyond the family planning community and share the latest information and research on the ways that population dynamics and population health can affect conservation efforts, especially in lake basin communities.