Scaling Up Standard Days Method

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Since 2007, the Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, has been conducting a five-year prospective, multi-site comparative case study of the process and outcomes of scaling up a new FP method, the Standard Days Method, into public and private health care systems. SDM is being integrated at national or regional levels in five countries (DRC, Guatemala, India, Mali and India).

This Fuze meeting webinar described how IRH monitors scale up progress and how they are evaluating impact, lessons learned and recommendations for similar scale up research, monitoring and evaluation.

Irit Sinai and Susan Igras with IRH presented the webinar Aug. 30, 2011. They shared data from several sources of information about monitoring efforts and evaluation methodology and showed the importance of reviewing a variety of data to inform midline changes in the intervention.

The webinar also goes into more detail on one data source, the Most Significant Change methodology (MSC). This participatory, story-based methodology was adapted for use in the evaluation of SDM scale up. Over 100 stories were collected, triaged, analyzed, and later shared with family planning stakeholders, which has led to new understandings of scale up processes and effects, new understanding of how those involved in scale up processes value the addition of a new FP method, as well as adjustments in scale up strategies.

Irit Sinai is a Senior Research Officer at IRH. She has been with IRH for 13 years, adding her expertise in research design and data analysis to a number of the Institute’s research projects. Susan Igras is the Director for Field Programs at IRH and oversees and supports scale up of SDM and LAM into national and regional level FP programs.

Watch the webinar here.

Presentation slides