Experts in the family planning sector have developed a set of evidence-based practices—known as Family Planning High Impact Practices (HIPs)—that improve family planning and reproductive health program outcomes (see Box 1). HIPs can also be applied in development programs that integrate multiple sectors at the community level, including family planning. A promising opportunity exists to expand the use of HIPs within population, health, and environment (PHE) projects.
PHE projects are integrated community-based projects that reach populations in ecologically rich areas with activities that improve reproductive and other health services and support the sustainable use of natural resources. They are typically located in remote communities where unmet need for family planning is often high.
When PHE projects use HIPs in their work, they can direct their family planning resources more effectively to achieve greater impact. Strengthening the awareness of and knowledge base between HIPs and PHE projects allows for the sharing of family planning best practices. Using HIPs in remote areas also feeds information back to the HIPs evidence base to show how PHE projects help serve the family planning needs of rural communities.
This brief illustrates how more robust and purposeful use of HIPs can lead to better family planning outcomes for PHE projects, and how PHE projects’ use of specific HIPs provides a valuable opportunity to enhance the HIP knowledge base.