This is an archived page, no longer being updated as of November 2017. These publications and more are available in the newly-revised K4Health Resource Center.

This page features K4Health's global publications, which include: Theory Primers | Family Planning References | Planning Guides | Global Health: Science and Practice | Research Briefs | Opinions and Experiences | High Impact Practice Briefs | Knowledge Management Case Studies | More from Predecessor Projects

For country-specific publications, visit our Where We Work page. For overviews and resources on family planning and knowledge management, visit our Topics pages. For more in-depth collections, try K4Health Toolkits.

Theory Primers

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 ProvidersDeveloped 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).

Planning Guides

Making Content Meaningful: A Guide to Adapting Existing Global Health Content for Different Audiences (2016): The abundance of openly accessible health content presents a remarkable opportunity for teaching, learning, and sharing, but it is important to provide it in the appropriate context and the language of the people who will use it. This adaptation guide expands the reach, usefulness, and use of evidence-based global health content, specifically as it relates to family planning. It outlines a framework with key steps and questions for consideration, as well as activity sheets and an illustrative as well as real-life case studies that will help a user in making informed decisions in the content adaptation process.

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.

K4Health Guide for Conducting Health Information Needs Assessments (2013): A reference for health care professionals, this guide provides a methodology for conducting assessments of information needs among individuals working at different levels of the health system and includes sample instruments, templates, and training materials. Originally published in October 2011, it was updated in May 2013 to include information on planning dissemination workshops.

GHSP cover September 2015

The September 2015 issue of Global Health: Science and Practice.

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.

Since the Journal's debut in March 2013, almost 140,000 readers have visited its website. The GHSP Journal is indexed by PubMed—a free public search engine that provides access to more than 24 million references and abstracts on biomedical and life science topics. PubMed only indexes journals which meet its standards for scientific rigor, and is searched over 3.5 million times per day. Having articles indexed by PubMed—and provided in PubMed Central, its sister repository of full-text articles—brings GHSP within reach for a broader global health audience.


Research Briefs

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Effects of a Digital Health Training Package on Client Family Planning Behaviors (2017): To test the effects of a digital health training package on family planning behaviors in Bangladesh, K4Health conducted a cross-sectional study. The knowledge a fieldworker gains through a digital health training package can be diffused to clients, positively affecting client knowledge and behaviors. Digital health training packages can empower fieldworkers by providing them with relevant information at the point of care, which can enhance their credibility among the communities they serve.

Share Fairs: Effects of Knowledge Management Techniques On Learning and Sharing in East Africa (2017): A Share Fair is a participatory event where professionals engage in collaborative conversations about experiences and expertise relating to best work practices. To systematically assess how such events influence knowledge sharing and organizational learning capacities, K4Health studied the effectiveness of a Knowledge Management Share Fair held in Arusha, Tanzania in April 2016, which gathered over 100 experts working in health and development at the country and regional levels.

Examining the Impact of Knowledge Management Interventions: The Knowledge for Health East Africa Field Project (2017): To test the effects of knowledge management interventions at the field level, K4Health conducted a baseline and endline study focused on the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). Knowledge management interventions positively improved effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge sharing and use of knowledge management techniques among ECSA-HC staff members.

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on Knowledge Application and Retention (2017): To understand how various learning modes can affect knowledge retention and application, K4Health conducted a cross-sectional study. Blended learning is an important strategy to strengthen learning outcomes and application of knowledge among health professionals in lower- and middle-income countries. Findings from the study support the potential of blended learning models to reinforce learning and application of knowledge, which is crucial to ensuring health professionals around the world have access to accurate and timely health information.

Integrated HIV Programming: Effectiveness and Lessons Learned from a Literature Synthesis (2017): To better understand how integrated programming within HIV can impact health outcomes, K4Health conducted literature scans to produce a synthesis of the literature. The integration of HIV prevention, care, and treatment into existing health services has tremendous potential to strengthen systems, improve efficiencies, ensure sustainability, and broaden the impact of health investments. Implementation details should be well articulated so that others can replicate or adapt integration approaches.

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.

The Exchange: Knowledge Management MattersK4Health's growing collection of stories on Medium provides practical guidance on applying knowledge management approaches and improving your skills.

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.

Knowledge Management Case Studies

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.