This study identified research opportunities that both build from the existing knowledge base and expand the availability of useful information that leads to the enhancement of the quality of family planning services in the United States. The final report relied on two primary sources of information: descriptive findings from an examination of the research literature and the opinions of a group of 30 technical experts who convened twice to identify high-priority research issues facing the field and to discuss how future research could be guided and harnessed to provide better information to practitioners about best practices. Over 240 reports and articles on research about family planning were identified and examined. With input expert technical advisors, the authors organized the review around the key issues facing the family planning field today: reaching high-priority populations, strengthening family planning practices and improving the organization and administration of services. The report identifies priority directions for future family planning research and suggestions for enhancing the impact of research investments made by the Office of Family Planning. The report summarizes the research evidence about family planning services and effective practices. This information should be useful to program directors and practitioners as they consider their own service efforts. Finally, the report calls for an enhanced effort to document, track, and evaluate how family planning services can be more effectively delivered. Furthermore, research is needed to understand how to disseminate information about effective practices to service providers in a more timely and comprehensive manner.
PIC ID: 7956
Agency Sponsor: OPHS-OPA, Office of Population Affairs
Federal Contact: Kappeler, Evelyn, 301-594-7608
Performer: Urban Institute, Washington, DC