The STEP UP consortium and the High Impact Practices (HIP) initiative, together with other partners, are supporting three consultation meetings to inform use of appropriate standards of evidence for recommending best practices in reproductive health (RH). The first consultation (held on 18–19 June 2013 in New York, USA) focused on the generation and synthesis of evidence that can inform the production of HIP briefing documents. These documents describe service delivery and enabling environment practices that, if fully implemented, will maximise investments in a comprehensive family planning (FP) strategy.
The second consultation (held on 18-19 September 2013 in Croydon, UK) built on issues discussed during the first consultation by focussing on the generation and synthesis of evidence for practice recommendations. This meeting brought together researchers and research funders to review the research designs and methodologies that can be used to generate evidence on the impact of FP/RH interventions and on their implementation, the mechanisms and structures through which such evidence is reviewed and translated into recommendations, and the implications for organizing and funding evidence generation to maximise its quality and utility.
STEP UP Research Programme Consortium. Second consultation on developing standards for identifying evidence-based practices in reproductive health. Population Council, New York, USA (2014) 22 pp.