What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Who developed this toolkit?

Who are the publishers of the resources?

What types of resources are included?

Who are the intended audiences?

How do I get started using this toolkit?

How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?

How can I make a comment or give feedback?

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 contains resources to help policy makers, program managers, service providers, and other audiences improve access to and quality of community-based family planning (CBFP) services. 

Who developed this toolkit?

The Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit is a collaborative effort among the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, ICF Macro, FHI, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Individuals from other organizations also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness, including:

Who are the publishers of the resources? 

Resources selected for inclusion in this toolkit were published by the following organizations working throughout the world to promote evidence-based best practices and improve the delivery of health services.

Academy for Educational Development [AED]   

Academy for Educational Development, Linkages Project              

American Red Cross               

BASICS II                          


CATALYST Consortium       

Centre for Development and Population Activities [CEDPA]            

Contraception Journal

CORE Group      

DFID Resource Centre for Sexual & Reproductive Health

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)

Egypt Ministry of Health and Population, Population and Family Planning Sector


FHI 360

Futures Group, Policy Project    

Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health [IRH]               

Guttmacher Institute    

Health District of Kébémer (Senegal)

ICF Macro          

Implementing Best Practices Consortium 

Interagency Gender Working Group [IGWG]     

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development [World Bank]  

International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]     

International Youth Foundation               

IntraHealth International             

IntraHealth International, Capacity Project

Jamia Milia Islamia University, Department of Economics

Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning [JOICFP]             


Jhpiego, ACCESS                

John Snow, Inc. [JSI]      

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS [UNAIDS]          

Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition    

Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Division of Reproductive Health

Kumarian Press

Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College

Management Sciences for Health [MSH]              

Management Systems International      

Marie Stopes International         

Maximizing Access and Quality [MAQ] Initiative


MEASURE Evaluation              

National Cancer Institute             

PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. [PFPI]              

Pathfinder International

Pathfinder International, Extending Service Delivery Project [ESD] 

Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana         

Population Council         

Population Council, Frontiers in Reproductive Health     

Population Media Center    

Population Reference Bureau [PRB]               

Population Services International [PSI] 

Private Sector Partnerships-One [PSP-One]

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health [PATH]    

Project HOPE      

Reproductive Health Response in Conflict [RHRC] Consortium   

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition 

Save the Children           

Social Planning, Analysis and Administration Consultants

Studies in Family Planning Journal

Uganda Ministry of Health      

United Nations Foundation        

United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]           

U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID]

USAID | Health Policy Initiative

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]  

Vodafone Foundation

WellShare International, formerly Minnesota International Health Volunteers [MIHV]

Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings         

World Health Organization [WHO]           

World Relief      

Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council

What types of resources are included? 

The resources were selected based on a wide search for relevant published and grey literature from around the world, with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. For example, the toolkit contains:

  • Up-to-date background and reference materials to design evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs.
  • Job aids and other tools to increase the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services.
  • Various publication formats including books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, tools, and job aids.  

Who are the intended audiences?

  • Policymakers will find research and information to help set national guidelines about CBFP programs and plan for future changes in service delivery.
  • Program managers will find information and job aids to help them design, plan, and manage CBFP programs.
  • Community health workers will find tools and job aids to help them provide quality services to their clients.
  • Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about CBFP.
  • Trainers can review the latest curricula for training community health workers on family planning and reproductive health generally and for specific contraceptive methods.

We invite you to suggest resources or adapt the resources in this toolkit to suit your local circumstances and languages. 

How do I get started using this toolkit?

To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation tabs above to view resources related to key program topics. Each tab includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit Working Group, further organized by sub-topic. 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 resource. 

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). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us. (To make a comment about the toolkit or suggest a resource, use the feedback form.)

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 use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.

How can I make a comment or give feedback?

If you have comments about the toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.