/What are K4Health Toolkits?
K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.
/What is the purpose of this toolkit?
This toolkit shares evidence-based advocacy guidance and tools to add family planning to the voices of existing advocacy networks, enable leaders at all levels in low- and middle-income countries to advocate for family planning, and grow family planning champions for sustainable organizations.
/Who developed this toolkit?
The Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit is a collaborative effort among K4Health, the Health Policy Project, World Vision, UN Foundation, Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH), Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Individuals from other organizations and projects also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness.
/Who are the publishers of the resources?
Resources selected for inclusion in this toolkit were published by organizations working throughout the world to advocate for expanded access to contraception and to improve the delivery of family planning services. These organizations include those who developed the toolkit, as well as:
Advance Family Planning
Population Services International (PSI)
Population Action International (PAI)
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
And many more
/What types of resources are included?
This toolkit is not a comprehensive library of all existing family planning advocacy materials but a strategic package of resources to guide advocates, decision makers, donors, program managers and others through the processes of advocating for funding, policy change and other kinds of committment to improving access to high-quality family planning information and services. These resources include:
- Convincing evidence of the links between family planning and other development issues, including health, economic development, the environment, food security, education, and poverty reduction.
- Policy resources, including guidance on the policy process, key policy commitments and calls to action, information on funding and resource management, and country examples of policy influence.
- Guidance and tools for designing an advocacy strategy.
- Tools for effective communication for family planning advocacy, including resources for communication skills development; state-of-the-art family planning advocacy communication tools; guidance on engaging faith-based organizations, religious and spiritual leaders, and other champions; and information on how to work with the media.
- Data and evidence in support of voluntary family planning—both data sources and data translation tools for use by advocates working to craft their messages and ready-to-use evidence briefs and fact sheets published by leading global research organizations.
- Monitoring and evaluation resources, including backgrounders on monitoring and evaluating advocacy efforts, M&E guides, and various measurement tools and indicators.
You can find them…
Case studies on successful family planning advocacy or policy change efforts
Family planning evidence briefs, fact sheets & one-pagers
In the Family Planning-Development Links tab.
Advocacy training & capacity strengthening resources
In the Designing an Advocacy Strategy tab.
Key global and regional policy commitments and calls to action
Communication skills development materials
In the Effective Communication tab.
Sources for current family planning data
Indicators for measuring success
/Who are the intended audiences?
- Advocates, donors and policymakers will find evidence packaged in a variety of formats to help inform decision makers and donors about the benefits of investing in family planning.
- Program managers will find information and tools to help them advocate for resources to maintain, improve or expand their family planning programs.
- Family planning champions, including community and religious leaders, can access tools to help them build their capacity for family planning advocacy and effectively communicate with their target audiences.
- Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media and messages for family planning advocacy.
/How do I get started using this toolkit?
There are several ways to browse the content of this toolkit:
- Use the orange navigation menu on the right side of the page to browse sections of the Toolkit by topic.
- Use the Search This Toolkit search bar on the right side of the page below the navigation menu to search for resources by keyword, language, publisher or publication date.
- Use the Toolkit site map.
Within each Toolkit page, lists of resources are ordered according to publication date, and within the same publication year, resources are ordered alphabetically. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full publication. Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source).
/How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?
We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in this toolkit, please email us or fill out our feedback form with your suggestions. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.