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The Population Council’s Frontiers in Reproductive Health program, with funding from USAID, organized a consultative meeting on the practice of female genital cutting (FGC) in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2002. The meeting brought together a small group of researchers and program managers who are actively undertaking operations research and systematic program evaluations to review the state of the art concerning intervention research design and measurement issues. The deliberations at this workshop should stimulate interest both in undertaking operations research more routinely when programming anti-FGC activities and in furthering the development and application of research methods appropriate for this subject. Several challenges remain: ensuring that those implementing and funding anti-FGC interventions appreciate how an operations research approach can benefit their efforts; building organizational and individual capacity to undertake operations research on anti-FGC interventions as well as to use the results from such studies; and communicating widely the findings from operations research so that future activities are evidence-based.






A Research Agenda to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a Generation; Frontiers in Reproductive Health