• Blog post

    Dr. Jim Shelton's Pearls is an occasional series by USAID’s Global Health Science Advisor that answers commonly asked questions about family planning. 

    Global Health: Science & Practice

    Global Health: Science and Practice 

    Question: I understand USAID is involved in a new online peer reviewed global health journal. Is that right?

    Answer: Yes in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. It is called Global Health: Science and Practice and is especially oriented toward practical knowledge related to how to implement programs in the field.  At the journal's website you can learn more about the journal and sign up to be a subscriber or peer reviewer.  We are now accepting submissions and project to publish the first issue late 2012 or early 2013. See more description in the image to the right.

  • Blog post
    Knowledge Management in Practice: Nurturing a Learning Culture

    Nurturing a Learning Culture is the first installment of our three-part webinar series on Knowledge Management in Practice.

    All organizations have some knowledge management (KM) processes and systems, but do you want to make your institution’s processes and systems more effective, purposeful, and systematic? Hear from KM experts about how they have shaped an enabling environment for learning and knowledge management by making the case for KM, strengthening local ownership and capacity, and getting started with clear objectives and tasks.

  • Resource

    Family planning not only has the potential to improve health; it has the power to transform economies. Investing in expanding access to voluntary family planning contributes to better economic outcomes for households, communities, and nations.

    Out of all of the 169 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, universal access to contraception would yield the second-highest return on investment, making it a development "best buy."

    K4Health's short (3:41) video, "One Investment, Many Returns: The Economic Benefits of Family Planning," shows how.

  • Blog post
    Two Heads Communicating Graphic

    We sometimes say that two heads are better than one. This usually happens after we have decided to collaborate or have determined that another perspective is needed. But when we share information, sometimes we do not acknowledge that what’s in our heads is different from what is in our listeners’ heads. This cognitive bias is often called the “curse of knowledge.”

    The bias was illuminated through an experiment that centered on two groups of people: One group tapped out song rhythms, and a second group tried to guess the songs. After learning the song to tap, the tappers expected the listeners to be able to guess the songs more often than they actually did. The experiment shows that we wrongly assume that others know something that we know.

  • Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit


    When country governments are strategic and efficient in investing their limited resources to meet the growing demand for family planning, they are more likely to achieve their family planning goals--goals that will help save millions of lives and improve the health and well-being of women, families, and communities around the world. A costed implementation plan (CIP) is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments plan and meet these important goals.

  • Family Planning Voices

    Mother embraces child, Kampala

    A mother embraces her child at the Marie Stopes Kavule Clinic in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit: David Alexander, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs/FP Voices 2016.



    Family planning saves lives and helps ensure educational and economic opportunity for women, girls, families, and communities. The family planning and reproductive health community is often focused on data and metrics—using the numbers to elevate family planning as a high-impact development intervention with strong returns on investment. Data is essential for successful programming, but stories can help bring the data to life, share knowledge and experience, create community, and compel action.

    Family Planning Voices

    K4Health and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) created Family Planning Voices to document and share personal stories from people around the world who are passionate about family planning. This growing collection features portraits of storytellers alongside their own words, connecting voices and faces across the globe, from small rural villages to megacities.

  • Resource

    What is the K4Health | Idea Lab?

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    The Idea Lab provides a chance for K4Health to hear feedback directly from users of our products and services as well as people who are new to K4Health’s offerings. This feedback on the content and the usability of our products helps us continually enhance K4Health's existing resources and develop useful, relevant new content.

    Follow-up interviews with selected Idea Lab participants are the source for our Idea Lab stories--real people using K4Health's tools and resources in their work.

  • Resource

    Organizations can use the Knowledge Management (KM) Index, a new evidence-based assessment tool, to measure capacity in four fundamental KM practice areas:

    1. Organizational structure (KM vision and strategy),
    2. Learning opportunities (professional development),
    3. Internal KM culture (seeking out and sharing knowledge), and
    4. KM for global health (efforts to advance global health agenda).
  • Blog post
    Digital Storytelling for Change: The Art of the Interview

    Digital Storytelling for Change: The Art of the Interview

    A new assessment of the impact of the global storytelling initiative Family Planning Voices shows that stories and storytelling have the potential to change health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. On June 7, 2018, K4Health and the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP) hosted a skills-building webinar to share key tips for capturing an essential story element—the interview—with a mobile phone.

  • Blog post
    Mothers and children in Antaralava village in Ranomafana, Madagascar

    Mothers and children in Antaralava Village, Ranomafana, Madagascar. Credit: 2017 David Alexander/CCP

    On May 22, 2018, Family Planning 2020, Health Policy Plus (HP+), Palladium, and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project hosted Monitoring Matters: Tracking Progress Toward Family Planning Goals to discuss innovative tools within the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) that are being used to help country governments accelerate their progress towards meeting family planning goals.

    During this webinar, Family Planning 2020’s Eva Ros provided an overview of CIPs and the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) Resource Kit, and discussed how countries at both national and sub-national levels are currently using CIPs. This tool, available on FP2020’s website, features guidance documents, resources, and best practices based on hands-on experience to assist program planners, ministry representatives, and technical assistance providers to go through the CIP process.