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What are K4Health Toolkits?

What is the purpose of this toolkit?

Who developed this toolkit?

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?

K4Health's predecessor (The INFO Project) initiated the Elements of Family Planning Success activity to provide recommendations made by program managers and policy makers to program managers and policy makers. Health care professionals from around the world identified the top 10 elements essential for the success of family planning programs. The INFO Project and the follow-on K4Health Project then merged this local knowledge with evidence-based information gathered worldwide to develop a package of resources, including this toolkit. (Other resources in the package include a  Population Reports issue and Family Planning Programming -- Elements of Success e-learning course.)

Who developed this toolkit?

INFO Project staff surveyed health care professionals around the world on what they felt were the most important elements of successful family planning programs. Survey respondents identified the top 10 elements most important to program success as well as the elements that are the hardest to achieve. Some 500 respondents from 98 countries replied.  We followed the survey with a two-week online discussion forum using the Implementing Best Practices Knowledge Gateway. About 280 health care professionals from 60 countries joined the discussion.  INFO developed a package of resources based on the survey results, the forum discussion, and a synthesis of evidence-based information. K4Health staff selected the resources in this toolkit and organized them into the 10 categories.

What types of resources are included?

This toolkit provides relevant, reliable, and usable information related to 10 essential elements of successful family planning programs. The resources were selected with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. For example, the toolkit contains:

  • Over two dozen audio and video interviews with family planning experts around the world. 
  • 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.
  • PowerPoint presentations and other quality information resources that can be downloaded and adapted to better serve local circumstances and languages.
  • Various publication formats including books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, newsletters, pamphlets, posters, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, photos, tools, and job aids. 

Who are the intended audiences?

Program managers and others are encouraged to use this toolkit to share their successes and lessons learned, network with people around the world, solve problems, bounce ideas off each other, and ultimately create a better program. Key audiences of this toolkit include policy makers, program managers, service providers, and others who want to strengthen their programs. 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 contents of this toolkit, use the navigation to view resources related to the 10 elements of family planning success. You can also use the search box if you know what you are looking for or have a specific item in mind.

 

Resources in this toolkit can be downloaded and adapted for teaching and training, research, advocacy, policymaking, and program management. Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or Word documents). 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 the 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.