Periodically, the Health Policy Initiative combines relevant technical materials, computer models, and other resources into CD-ROMs for distribution. From this page, you can access the content of these CDs to read online and you may download a complete package that can be run on a local machine or burned to CD*.
Celebrating a Decade of Health Policy Development and Implementation in Kenya
For more than ten years, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative and its predecessor, the POLICY Project, have supported the creation of an enabling environment for health in Kenya. Working closely with government and civil society partners, the projects have addressed some of the most pressing health challenges facing the country in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal health.
GAP Tool: Gather, Analyze, and Plan
The GAP Tool (Gather, Analyze, and Plan) is a simple Excel-based tool designed to help policymakers, ministry officials, health officials, and advocates understand and plan for the costs associated with expanding family planning (FP) to achieve their country's contraceptive prevalence or fertility goals.
In 2001, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, multilateral agencies, private institutions, and other advocates came together in Istanbul, Turkey, to formulate concrete actions to address growing demand and funding shortfalls for family planning supplies in developing countries. The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition was formed to manage the global response to a looming global contraceptive supply challenge. There is wide recognition that the 2001 Donor Funding Gap* prepared by Futures Group for the Istanbul meeting served as a key advocacy tool to bring attention to FP supply issues and provided crucial evidence at the global level.
A decade later, countries are taking increasing ownership of the family planning agenda. Funding decisions are coming under country purview with basket arrangements and direct budget support mechanisms. The focus of interest has also shifted from supplying current users to a broader interest in meeting unmet need for family planning. Global analyses of funding requirements for family planning are no longer sufficient in this environment. Information at the country level is urgently needed to ensure that family planning programs are fully funded as the shift in agenda and ownership takes place.
GAP, developed by the Health Policy Project, is a strategic planning tool to help frame the right "ask" at the country level by linking a country's family planning goals with what it will cost to reach those goals. The two main outputs produced by the tool are the country's funding gaps for a national family planning program and for family planning commodities. By making direct and indirect costs explicit and tying strategic goals to budgets, the GAP Tool offers further opportunity for countries and donors to monitor and track progress in family planning programs.
*Note: For the 2009 donor funding gap update, please click here.
Introduction to Population Projections: An E-Learning Course
What is DemProj?
DemProj is one of the most widely used software models for making population projections. Researchers, planners, and policymakers can use the model findings to inform research activities, program planning, and policy development.
Policy Implementation Assessment Tool CD
A supportive policy environment is the foundation on which to scale up effective, sustainable health programs. Good policies are important, but they are not sufficient. They must be put into practice. Yet, even the best policies can encounter implementation challenges. Thus, the life of the policy does not end with its creation, which is in fact only the first step in the policy-to-action continuum. Policies are "living documents." They require various inputs to help them thrive and fulfill their goals. These inputs include clear guidelines and implementation plans, strong leadership, multisectoral stakeholder involvement, adequate and accessible resources, and effective feedback and monitoring systems, among others.
Spectrum is a suite of policy models that make use of a unified set of Windows-based commands that can be easily learned. The models are used to project the need for FP/RH, MH, and HIV/AIDS services. Most models are available in English, French, and Spanish. Some are also available in Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian. Each model includes a detailed user manual that not only describes how to use the software but also includes sections on data sources, interpretation and use of the results, a tutorial, and a description of the methodology. The models included in the Spectrum system are: DemProj, FamPlan, AIM, RAPID, Ben-Cost, NewGen, PMTCT, Safe Motherhood, and Condom Requirements. Allocate is a tool used to relate program actions to goals and summarizes output from other Spectrum models.
The Impact of Family Planning on the Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—a set of eight important, time-bound goals ranging from reducing poverty by half to providing universal primary education—represent a blueprint for global development agreed to by member states of the United Nations and international development institutions. However, achieving them will be a major challenge for many developing countries that are not "on track" to meet the goals by the target date of 2015. As stated by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, it will take time and commitment to mobilize the necessary resources, train the required personnel, and establish the needed infrastructure to meet the MDGs.
*Burning a CD requires that you have access to the necessary hardware and software.