Results Initiative

Social Change for Family Planning Results Initiative
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One recent learning from the initiative took place on June 11, 2012. Glycerie Niyibizi, CARE Rwanda VSL Technical Support Unit Manager, and Franklin Murangira Gakuba (Family Planning Results Initiative Project Manager/CARE Rwanda) discussed the process and key findings from the Gender Gap Analysis of the SAFI VSL project in Rwanda. The recording of their presentation can be accessed here:


The Social Change for Family Planning Results Initiative is an initiative in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda in which each project has integrated social change strategies to influence family planning (FP) into existing CARE programs. The goal of the initiative is to increase and sustain use of FP through the integration of social change efforts.

The integrated approach to the initiative provides several benefits and opportunities, for example: (1) leveraging existing program capacity, logistical and administrative support; (2) building on and enhancing previously-developed relationships with the communities, which allows CARE to address potentially sensitive topics with greater trust of community members; (3) meeting communities' requests for integrated programming; and (4) leveraging existing networks to reach community members who are experiencing unmet FP needs more effectively.

We have developed a results framework (RI Model) that includes traditional family planning indicators for increased knowledge, use, and access to quality services such as contraceptive prevalence rates, couple-years of protection, stock outs, number of new users, and unintended/unplanned pregnancies. Concurrently, we will also measure other influencing factors such as:

  • Social, cultural, and religious norms that influence FP use (ideal family size, acceptability of FP, expected age at first pregnancy);
  • Gender attitudes and practices at the household level that influence women's self esteem and roles in decision-making around economic and reproductive health; and
  • Shifts in community capacity (power-dynamics and women's participation in community action).

The learning generated through this initiative will be shared within CARE and will help raise awareness among the international health and development communities about the value of social change interventions for improvements in sexual and reproductive health.

"Good Morning" by Mercelline

"Wedding Pile Sort" by Emmanuel


As part of the global Results Initiative, CARE Rwanda and CARE USA partnered on a recently released update and videos on the community-based methodology to address gender norms in their family planning work.

Visit the link here to see examples of how to engage the community in dialogue about sharing household chores and addressing son preference in Rwanda:


Compendium of RI Tools (March 2011) - these tools were developed by the three RI teams and the KSI project in Madagascar
Social Analysis and Action Manual
ISOFI Toolkit

Published Articles

R. Stephenson, D. Bartel, M. Rubardt. Constructs of power and equity and their association with contraceptive use among men and women in rural Ethiopia and Kenya. Global Public Health. Mar 16, 2013.