About the IBP Consortium

The IBP Initiative is a global partnership involving 38 interna­tional agencies dedicated to demonstrating a dynamic model of international and local coopera­tion to:

  • Encourage the introduction, adaptation, utilization, scaling up and monitoring of proven technical and managerial practices to improve utilization and the quality of reproductive health services.
  • Promote evidence-based provision of quality services.
  • Support ministries of health or other national bodies to facilitate the coordination of partners implementing re­productive health activities in-country.
  • Reduce duplication of effort.
  • Harmonize approaches and identify synergies that can accelerate the implementation and scaling up of effective practices.
  • Promote creativity and innovation.
  • Sustain momentum by keeping networks connected and communicating.

The IBP Initiative was started by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research in collaboration with USAID, UNFPA and a small group of international agencies in 1999 and was formalized as the IBP Consortium in 2003. IBP partners self-select to work in task teams on specific assignments identified by part­ners as contributing to our goal of improving access to quality reproductive health and family planning services.

The IBP partners identified a key missing link between introducing and effectively implementing best practices: the ability to foster, lead and manage the change process required to imple­ment effective practices and improve quality and performance. The IBP Task Team undertook a consultative and collaborative process to develop A Guide for Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services, published in 2007, that built on the large body of knowledge on change management.

In 2012, a task team surveyed users and non-users of the 2007 Guide and reviewed recently published guidelines and tools for effective change to produce the revised electronic guide. The updated Guide provides a pathway that links proven change practices to “how to” steps for suc­cessful change. In addition, the Guide references key managerial tools produced by IBP part­ners. These tools will support the implementation of the change process.

All IBP partners are encouraged to support the dissemination and use of the revised Guide to Fostering Change to Scale up Effective Health Servic­es at the country level through their networks, projects and programs.


The IBP Consortium would like to acknowledge:

  • United States Agency for International Development, Office of Population and Reproductive Health for their technical and financial support.
  • The IBP Secretariat, supported by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, for their technical support in the preparation of this document.
  • Our partners for their dedicated support to the work of the Task Team: Bornstein and Associates, Chemonics, ExpandNet, Futures Group, Institute for Reproductive Health Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University Center for Commu­nications Programs, Management Sciences for Health, MEASURE Evaluation PRH, Pathfinder International and University Research Co., LLC.
  • The members of the Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project of Management Sciences for Health who assumed the role of Task Team Leader.
  • ExpandNet/WHO, from whose resources several of the concepts presented in Phases II, III, and IV that relate to scale up success are drawn.
  • The Johns Hopkins University K4Health Project which agreed on behalf of the IBP Consortium to electronically publish this document with USAID funding.

For additional information on the Guide, please contact:

Kate Wilson, Management Sciences for Health 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 400 Arlington, VA 22203 kwilson@msh.org

Suzanne Reier, IBP Secretariat, World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20 1211 Geneve 27 Switzerland reiers@who.int