Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) implement Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy (EEDA), a three-year project (2017-2020) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project’s goals are to improve the implementation of existing family planning (FP) policies, especially those that support youth access to and use of contraception, and to generate new funding and policy commitments for FP in response to evidence-driven advocacy.
The project aims to achieve these goals by improving governments’ accountability to advance implementation of policy commitments, increasing youth advocates’ capacity to measure policy implementation and hold governments accountable, and increasing decisionmakers’ use of evidence.
EEDA: A Partnership With Youth Advocates
Young people’s ability to freely determine their reproductive lives greatly affects their livelihood and that of their future families. Cumulatively, young people’s rights and choices will drive the achievement of national and global development agendas, including those of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet young people are not only beneficiaries—they increasingly shape their countries’ policy and program landscapes. As they become policy and advocacy influencers, they will play a key role in determining the achievement of these goals.
Together, PRB and IYAFP are assessing the implementation of youth-friendly FP services in six countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda. Through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and surveys at the national and subnational level in each country, the assessments aim to identify strengths and gaps in the implementation of FP services to youth ages 15 to 24. After the research is complete, PRB and IYAFP co-create tailored communications materials that make the case for specific advocacy objectives tied to the findings and train youth advocates on policy communication skills to integrate evidence generated by the assessments into their advocacy. While many countries host robust advocacy communities that actively support increased FP access for youth, EEDA will offer young people the opportunity to lead substantive policy research and drive accountability for commitments that affect them.
PRB also continues monitoring the policy environment for youth-friendly FP services through our flagship Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard, updated annually. The scorecard, available on a digital platform in English and French, analyzes the policy environment of 16 countries across eight indicators proven to increase youth access to and use of contraception.
Advocacy Resource Hub
The Family Planning Advocacy Resource Hub, a component of the EEDA project, equips advocates with the ability to fluently integrate data and evidence into products that are compelling to decisionmakers. Advocates are targeting an expanding range of decisionmakers, generating demand for diversified communications messages and tools that respond to new audiences’ priorities.
Through the Resource Hub mechanism, PRB offers support to organizations based on their advocacy needs, goals, and existing capacity, and develops customized communications materials that align with partner organizations’ priorities for evidence-based family planning messages.
PRB accepts applications biannually from partners interested in Resource Hub support. Interested organizations must be based in a low or lower-middle income country and have an established record of advocacy or policy work and outcomes. Materials can be produced in English or French.