The goal of family planning and reproductive health operations research is to generate evidence that helps policies and programmes maximize access to and quality of services for women and their families. Yet the crucial step of ensuring the utilization of that evidence often receives inconsistent or inadequate attention. There is relatively little monitoring and reporting on whether and to what effect project results are utilized, or on the nature, process, and efficacy of the strategies employed to achieve this.
The goal of this case study is to document an activity of the STEP UP research programme consortium which resulted in successful evidence utilization. This is to both demonstrate the positive impact STEP UP is having on family planning and reproductive health policies, as well as to document the process by which this was achieved so as to inform future research of successful strategies and lessons learned.
Burke, E.; Robinson, E.; Diop, N.; Reiss, K.; Footman, K.; Reichwein, B.; van Min, M.; Askew, I. Senegal: The impact of a study on misoprostol use and knowledge among pharmacists. Marie Stopes International, London, UK (2016) 4 pp. [STEP UP Case Study]