Research Utilization and Impact: Collaborating to Generate and Use Evidence that Improves Lives

In the current environment, it is more important than ever that we ensure evidence is used to improve health, empower women and girls, and alleviate poverty. The Population Council collaborates with program implementers, policymakers, researchers, and funders to advance evidence-based solutions to critical health and development challenges. In the countries where we work, we partner with national governments, regional institutions, and community-based organizations to move evidence into practice and design new research and/or analyses responsive to partners’ needs and priorities.

We invite you to explore recent highlights of our ongoing work to translate social, behavioral and biomedical research into improved lives around the world.

Project SOAR Research Informs National Policy to Expand Access to HIV Services in Tanzania

A recent Project SOAR study evaluated community-based delivery of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to female sex workers (FSWs) in Tanzania, demonstrating the value of this approach to improve HIV care. Informed by these findings, the Government of Tanzania changed national guidance to allow for community-based HIV treatment to better meet the needs of marginalized populations, including FSWs. Learn More

Abriendo Oportunidades Strengthens Education Programs for Indigenous Adolescents in Guatemala

For over 15 years, Abriendo Oportunidades has partnered with national and local authorities to improve educational prospects for indigenous girls. In Guatemala, evidence and ongoing technical assistance have helped to strengthen and expand the Ministry of Education’s programs supporting indigenous adolescents, including development of curricula for the Ministry’s Modalidades Flexibles alternative education program and a joint teacher training module for all continuing education teachers in the country. Learn More

Population Council-led Partnership Influences National and Global Efforts to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

The Evidence to End FGM/C program has filled critical data gaps, bolstered local capacity, and strengthened stakeholder relationships over the past five years. Through a collaborative, African-led approach, the program informed high-level national policy dialogue in several countries, including Kenya and Nigeria, and influenced global strategic planning efforts of the United Nations’ Joint Programme on FGM/C. Learn More

ICA Foundation Supports Contraceptive Access in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The Population Council has developed and introduced several of the world’s most effective and widely-used contraceptive methods, including the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG IUS). Through the International Contraceptive Access (ICA) Foundation, the Council continues to support LNG IUS distribution in over 35 low -and middle-income countries (LMICs) in partnership with international and local organizations. Over 150,000 LNG IUS units have been delivered to date, laying the groundwork for method introduction in several countries and expanding access to long-acting, reversible contraceptive options. Learn More

Gender and Education Research Informs Key Donor Investments

The Population Council’s Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center was launched in 2017 to accelerate evidence-based programs and policies that improve girls’ lives. In attempting to understand how education can best support the health and wellbeing of adolescent girls and young women, it has produced critical guidance on evaluating education programs as well as analyses unpacking the complex relationship between education and health. This work helped inform the strategic planning efforts and investment decisions of Echidna Giving and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, two key donors in gender and education globally, and led to the recent launch of the Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER) to foster evidence-informed gender and education programs. To learn more, please visit Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER).