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Our technical expertise

We use evidence to guide our decisions and help spread best practice globally.

We pride ourselves on the technical expertise we have built up over more than 40 years of working in sexual and reproductive health.

We’ve pioneered the use of new techniques and approaches, based on our comprehensive experience of delivering services in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

And because we want to ensure quality and best practice is spread globally, we constantly share the lessons we’ve learned – within our sector, and with our partners.

Global clinical quality

Our clinical standards are developed in partnership with our in-country quality assurance teams. They carry out on-the-job training, mentoring and assessment against global standards, supported by annual visits from our international quality assurance team.

This results in continuous monitoring and improvement of the quality of our clinical services in our centres, outreach sites and social franchises.

Wherever we provide services in the world, whether it’s on rural outreach in Tanzania or in an urban clinic in the UK, they are always high quality and focused on the needs of the woman.

Using evidence to guide decisions

Evidence is an integral part of our programmes. Our expert research and impact teams work with country programmes, governments and other organisations to gather quantitative and qualitative data. We use this data to:

  • evaluate and improve how we deliver our services;

  • understand who our clients are and where unmet need for contraception is highest;

  • assess how we can reach more poor and vulnerable people;

  • gather evidence to support advocacy for increasing access to contraception and safe abortion;

  • identify and understand the factors underlying contraceptive uptake, discontinuation and failure;

  • prove our impact and ensure accountability and transparency for our donors and partners.

Ethics and accountability

All of our research proposals are reviewed independently by the Ethics Review Committee (ERC), to ensure they are ethically sound.

And because we believe that we should be held accountable for the impact that our work has, we have developed Impact 2.

Impact 2 is an innovative and industry-leading mathematical tool that allows us to measure the impact of our work and the wider social and economic benefits of offering access to contraception. We have made it available for download, along with guidance and training notes.

 

With accurate data we can make informed decisions on how to make the most of our resources to reach more women and have greater impact.

What’s a CYP?

The core metric we, and many others in the sector, use to measure the impact and performance of our work is ‘Couple Years of Protection’ (CYP). One CYP is the contraception needed for a couple to prevent pregnancy for one year.

Different contraceptive methods account for different numbers of CYPs, depending on how long they can be used for and how effectively they prevent pregnancy.

Download our infographic to see how many CYPs each contraceptive method delivers:

What is a CYP?

By 2020 there will be more women of reproductive age than ever before

We must be ready to serve them

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