In September 2000, the Population Council launched a nine-month project to test the effectiveness of teams of “policy champions” to increase the utilization of operations research (OR) findings in reproductive health (RH) policy and programs in the Philippines. The team members, chosen from government, nongovernment, academic, and media institutions, received three days of orientation to become policy champions. The strategy was built upon evidence that local decision-makers in decentralized health systems often have little knowledge of RH, and rarely use research findings in their decision-making. The effort focused on using a research-tested community-based monitoring and information system to help providers identify and respond to unmet need for family planning. As noted in this brief, the approach of involving teams of mobilized policy champions proved effective at influencing program managers to use a research-tested information system for identifying clients with unmet need for family planning. This approach was adopted by regional and national organizations, which plan to expand use of the management tool.
"Philippines: Mobilize policy champion teams to foster utilization of management tools," FRONTIERS OR Summary no. 31. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2003.
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