This page features K4Health's global publications, which include: Theory Primers | Family Planning References | Planning Guides | Global Health: Science and Practice | Opinions and Experiences | High-Impact Practice Briefs | Knowledge Management Case Studies | More from Predecessor Projects
For country-specific publications, visit our Field Activities pages. For overviews and resources on family planning and knowledge management, visit our Topics pages. For more in-depth collections, try K4Health Toolkits.
Diffusion of Innovations: Global health achievements require highly innovative knowledge management approaches. The diffusion of innovations theory helps explain and predict factors that influence the adoption of public health innovations. This guide provides tangible ways to apply the theory to ensure effective sharing and use of new health knowledge, guidance, and practice among health professionals, particularly program managers and knowledge management practitioners.
Family Planning References
Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers: Developed for clinic-based healthcare providers in low- and middle-income countries, the Global Handbook offers the latest guidance on providing contraceptive methods. The Handbook's website offers downloads of individual chapters and the complete handbook, as well as the "Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?" wall chart--all available in several languages. A revised edition for 2016 is in progress, incorporating recent changes to the WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.
Family Planning Training Resource Package: Trainers in the field need reliable, adaptable materials for family planning training, and the Training Resource Package (TRP) is meeting that need. The TRP includes facilitator's guides, slide sets, handouts, and evaluation tools on several contraceptive methods, family planning counseling, and the benefits of family planning. New modules are added every few months, and the TRP in Action blog features stories of how trainers in the field have adaptated the package for local use. The TRP will be revised regularly to stay in step with the WHO's Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use.
Facts for Family Planning: Designed to help with the development of materials and messages about family planning, this book provides key information for those who communicate about voluntary family planning and reproductive health in developing country settings. The book was developed by FHI 360 and USAID; K4Health supports its dissemination.
Elements of Family Planning Success: This report, often referred to as "The Ten Elements," synthesizes and highlights program experiences, best practices, and evidence-based guidance derived from nearly six decades in international family planning. Originally part of the Population Reports series under the INFO Project, the Ten Elements also inspired a K4Health Toolkit offering more in-depth resources on each Element (supportive policies, evidence-based programming, effective communication, contraceptive security, trained staff, client-centered care, easy access, affordable services, integrated services, and country experience).
How to Hold a Successful Share Fair (2015): Do you need a way to bring a community of practice together? Looking for a fun, vibrant way to share knowledge? "How to Hold a Successful Share Fair" is for anyone who works in public health or international development and wants to bring together a group of people to discuss ideas, address challenges, and share best practices. This simple handbook guides users through the process of holding a share fair and includes customizable planning tools and concrete examples.
The mHealth Planning Guide: Key Considerations for Integrating Mobile Technology into Health Programs (2013): This online Guide provides a thorough orientation to the mHealth planning process for anyone interested in integrating mobile technology into health programs in low- and middle-income countries. It outlines key considerations and resources for planning an mHealth intervention, from concept development and technology design to preparation for implementation. It lays out the many facets of program planning that the mHealth pioneers wish they had known sooner. Working through the Guide and using the accompanying tools will help you create a solid plan for developing and implementing your mHealth solution.
Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs (2013): Comprehensive guidance including a unique logic model and 42 common indicators to measure the process, reach, usefulness, and learning/action outcomes of knowledge management (KM) activities in the context of global health and development programs.
Global Health: Science and Practice
Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP Journal) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to improve health practice, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The journal covers a wide range of global health topics, diverse programming models, and cross-cutting issues that impact and support health systems. We are especially interested in advancing knowledge on how programs are implemented, and encourage people who are implementing programs in the field to share their research and experience with the global health community.
Opinions and Experiences
Family Planning Voices (#FPVoices): Sharing personal stories and faces of the people who make family planning matter and how family planning matters to them, the new FP Voices photo blog is presented by K4Health and Family Planning 2020.
K4Health Blog: Our long-running collection of staff and partners discussing current topics in family planning and knowledge management for global health. More than 80 staff and guest contributors have posted on the K4Health blog in the last two years.
High Impact Practice Briefs
High impact practices (HIPs) are effective service delivery or systems interventions that, when scaled up and institutionalized, will maximize investments in a comprehensive family planning strategy. HIPs help programs focus resources for greatest impact. The HIPs brief series is a set of 8-page descriptions of selected high impact practices. Each brief includes a synthesis of the evidence and recommendations on implementation. Briefs are grouped into two interrelated categories: creating an enabling environment and high-impact practices in service delivery. There are 16 briefs available in English; 14 each in French and Spanish; and nine in Portuguese. New translations and new briefs are added to the collection periodically.
The Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) is a forum for knowledge management (KM) professionals working in global health and development to collaborate, innovate, and exchange ideas. GHKC has produced a series of nine case studies on knowledge management approaches, including using online discussion forums and communities of practice to support knowledge sharing, capturing tacit knowledge, and encouraging South-to-South knowledge sharing and product improvement.
More from K4Health Predecessor Projects
Global Health Technical Briefs (2004-2009): Global Health Technical Briefs summarized the most important information on a reproductive health topic in two pages, and pinpointed implications for public health programs. Each brief included a definition of and some background for the topic, important recent findings or lessons learned in program application, implications for programs, and where to get more information. More than 50 Global Health Technical Briefs were published over a five-year span, covering four categories: family planning, health care programming, maternal and child health, and malaria. Many are available in French and Spanish in addition to English.
INFO Reports (2004-2008): The INFO Reports series was published by K4Health’s predecessor INFO Project. The series featured brief looks at special topics, newsworthy events, and important new research and program developments in family planning and related reproductive health. 19 titles were published between August 2004-June 2008, some of them in French and Spanish, in addition to English. Issues ranged in length from 8-25 pages.
Population Reports (1973-2008): Population Reports was the world's most widely distributed journal on family planning and related health topics. It was designed to provide an accurate and authoritative overview of important developments in family planning and related health areas. The first issue was published in January 1973 and the last issue in 2008.