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Documenting implementation stories—to share country experiences, lesona azo, and recommendations—strengthens our collective knowledge around what works and what doesn’t when implementing evidence-based interventions in family planning. WHO/IBP Network and Knowledge SUCCESS recently published a series of 15 stories highlighting organizations’ experiences implementing High Impact Practices (andilany) SY WHO Guidelines and Tools in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programming from around the world. We hope these tips will help others write their own stories.

What do you wish you had known before starting this work?”

As countries move toward implementing and scaling up high-impact interventions, the need for documenting implementation stories and sharing knowledge becomes more apparent and more urgent. In order to support and encourage others to document and share their experiences, we’ve compiled this list of tips that we learned from documenting implementation stories momba ny High Impact Practices (andilany) SY WHO Guidelines and Tools.

Things to Consider Before Getting Started

  • Read other stories for inspiration and ideas.
  • Identify:
      • ny story you want to tell—what was unique about your experience and why is the topic important?
      • Your mpihaino—who will be reading your story? What do they want to know?
      • ny format—how does your audience prefer to engage with information?
      • Your goal—what do you want readers to do after engaging with your content?
  • Develop a template for your story. Include the key points that should be included in each section.
  • Create a spreadsheet. Track the required steps and develop a timeline to ensure you stay on target. Access an example tracker here.

Pro Tips

  • Documenting implementation stories takes fotoana. Don’t underestimate how long you will need; always build in a buffer around your expected publication date.
  • If documenting someone else’s experience, consider providing a stipend to cover their time.
Options Consultancy Services Ltd Madagascar team | This image is from the "Removing Taxes for Contraceptives in Madagascar: Strategic Advocacy Leads to Increased Budget for Family Planning" | IBP Implementation Story by Options Consultancy Services Ltd .
Options Consultancy Services Ltd Madagascar team. This image is from the "Removing Taxes for Contraceptives in Madagascar: Strategic Advocacy Leads to Increased Budget for Family Planning," IBP Implementation Story by Options Consultancy Services Ltd.

Deciding What Content to Include

  • Title—choose a title that describes the who, what, and where of your story. Consider including unique details of your story that will catch people’s attention.
  • Background and context—set the scene for your story and describe the organizational or development challenge(s) that prompted you to document your experience.
  • The need for intervention—why was this activity implemented? What was the problem it aimed to address?
  • Implementation story—this is the most important part of the story. In your own words, describe how you implemented the intervention. What was the impact and what Zava-tsarotra did you face? Provide enough detail so that someone interested in implementing a similar intervention would have a roadmap to follow.
  • fiantraikany—describe the impact the practice had on individuals and/or the community. Both quantitative and qualitative data are valuable, and we recommend that both be included when possible.
  • Challenges—note significant challenges the team faced when implementing the intervention. How did you overcome those challenges?
  • Lessons learned and recommendations—lessons and recommendations should be detailed enough so that others are able to integrate them into their work. A good starting point to identify which lessons to document is to ask yourself, “What do you wish you had known before starting this work?”

Pro Tips

  • Encourage people to open up about what didn’t work so others don’t make the same mistakes. Create a trusting environment and reiterate to participants that sharing their experiences has the power to shape and strengthen future FP/RH programs.
  • Be as specific as possible about what worked and what didn’t. indraindray, the least expected actions—for example, purchasing a refrigerator to store certain medications—can greatly affect a program. If these specifics are shared, others implementing similar programs can learn and not have to reinvent the wheel. IRETO unexpected details make your story unique, catch people’s attention, and inspire others to read the story and learn from it.
  • While background and data (ohatra, a country’s contraceptive prevalence rates) can be helpful, try to limit this section to only the most pertinent background data that will help readers understand your program. This will make your story more readable.
A group of ASHAs | This image is from the "Fixed-Day Static Approach: Informed Choice and Family Planning for Urban Poor in India" | IBP Implementation Story by Population Services International.
A group of ASHAs. This image is from the "Fixed-Day Static Approach: Informed Choice and Family Planning for Urban Poor in India," IBP Implementation Story by Population Services International.

You’re Ready to Publish

  • Copyedit the story. Ensure the content is as concise as possible, and keep jargon and acronyms to a minimum.
  • Use photos to help convey your message, put a face to your story, and show readers the context in which the story takes place. All photos should be taken with the consent of those featured, and the final product should include photo citations including the names of all subjects in the images, a short description, and the name of the photographer.
  • Think about format. Consider breaking up text with quotes, call-out boxes, images, or visualizations to increase readability.

Pro Tips

  • Include multiple reviewers. Consider having an external reviewer who is not at all familiar with the story review it before the copyediting process to make sure no clarifications need to be made for readers.
  • Allow for differences between stories. If publishing a collection, try to be as consistent as possible—but don’t sacrifice content so everything can be uniform. Allowing for differences among the stories can also help ensure the unique voice of each author shines through.
  • Weave in personal touches. Interviews can be helpful in documenting implementation stories. Including quotes from those interviews can make a final story more engaging. Always receive consent to use a quote, and—unless an interviewee wishes to remain anonymous—include the speaker’s name and affiliation in the final story. Quotes can also be a good way to include specific experiential knowledge and details about what worked or what didn’t.
Young girl, writing | USAID in Africa | Photo Credit: John Wendle, USAID
Young girl writing. USAID aty Afrika. Sary nahazoan-: John Wendle, USAID.

Promoting and Disseminating Your Story

  • Publish your story on your website, media sosialy, Linkedin, and other platforms.
  • Circulate the story among communities of practice, colleagues, and various listservs.
  • Translate the story into other languages so a broader audience is able to learn from your experience.
  • Tailor your content for different learning styles. Consider publishing your story in multiple formats (like audio or video) to reach a wider audience.

Pro Tips

  • Use free software, toy ny Canva, to create catchy visuals for social media.
  • Raha azo atao, publish the story in multiple languages from the beginning.

Documenting implementation stories and sharing your experiences can have a powerful impact on family planning and reproductive health programs. Strengthening our collective knowledge regarding what works and what doesn’t in program implementation can help advance our global efforts and improve lives.

ankapobeny, be flexible, get creative, and have fun documenting and telling your story.

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Anne Ballard Sara, MPH

Senior Program Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Anne Ballard Sara dia tompon'andraikitra amin'ny programa II ao amin'ny Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, izay hanohanany hetsika fikarohana momba ny fitantanana fahalalana, programa an-tsaha, ary ny fifandraisana. Ny fiaviany amin'ny fahasalamam-bahoaka dia ahitana ny fifandraisana amin'ny fiovan'ny fitondran-tena, fandrindram-pianakaviana, ny fanomezan-danja ny vehivavy, ary fikarohana. Anne dia mpilatsaka an-tsitrapo ara-pahasalamana tao amin'ny Peace Corps any Guatemala ary manana Master of Public Health avy amin'ny George Washington University.

Ados Velez May

Mpanolotsaina ara-teknika ambony, IBP, Fikambanana Iraisam-pirenena Momba ny Fahasalamana

Ados dia mpanolotsaina ara-teknika zokiolona ao amin'ny sekretera IBP Network. Amin'izany andraikitra izany, Ados dia manome fitarihana ara-teknika amin'ny fandraisana anjara amin'ireo fikambanana mpikambana ao amin'ny tambajotra amin'ny olana isan-karazany toy ny fandraketana ireo fomba mahomby amin'ny fandrindram-pianakaviana., fanaparitahana fomba fanao misy fiantraikany lehibe (andilany), ary fitantanana fahalalana. Talohan'ny IBP, Niorina tao Johannesburg i Ados, amin'ny maha mpanolotsaina isam-paritra ao amin'ny Alliance International VIH/SIDA, manohana fikambanana mpikambana maromaro any Afrika Atsimo. Efa tapitra izy 20 traikefa an-taonany amin'ny famolavolana programa momba ny fahasalamam-bahoaka iraisam-pirenena, fanampiana ara-teknika, MANAGEMENT, ary fananganana fahaiza-manao, mifantoka amin'ny VIH/SIDA sy ny Fahasalamana ara-pananahana.

Nandita Thatte

IBP Network Lead, Fikambanambe Iraisam-pirenena momba ny Fahasalamana

Nandita Thatte dia mitarika ny Tambajotran'ny IBP mipetraka ao amin'ny Fikambanana Iraisam-pirenena Momba ny Fahasalamana ao amin'ny Departemantan'ny Fahasalamana ara-pananahana sy Fananahana ary Fikarohana.. Ny portfolio-ny amin'izao fotoana izao dia ahitana ny fametrahana ny andraikitry ny IBP hanohanana ny fampielezana sy ny fampiasana ny fitsabahana sy ny torolàlana mifototra amin'ny porofo., hanamafisana ny fifandraisana misy eo amin'ireo mpiara-miombon'antoka eo amin'ny sehatra IBP sy ireo mpikaroka OMS mba hampahafantarana ny fandaharam-pikarohana fampiharana sy hampiroborobo ny fiaraha-miasa eo amin'ny 80+ Fikambanana mpikambana ao amin'ny IBP. Alohan'ny hidirana amin'ny OMS, Nandita dia mpanolotsaina zokiny ao amin'ny biraon'ny mponina sy ny fahasalaman'ny fananahana ao amin'ny USAID izay namolavolany, nahavita, ary nanombana programa any Afrika Andrefana, Haiti sy Mozambika. Nandita dia manana MPH avy amin'ny Sekoly Johns Hopkins momba ny fahasalamam-bahoaka ary DrPH amin'ny fisorohana sy ny fahasalamam-bahoaka avy amin'ny Sekolin'ny Fahasalamam-bahoaka George Washington University.

Carolin Ekman

Fifandraisana sy fitantanana fahalalana, IBP Network

Carolin Ekman dia miasa ho an'ny Sekretariat Network IBP, izay ny fifandraisany no tena ifantohany, media sosialy sy fitantanana fahalalana. Izy no nitarika ny fampandrosoana ny IBP Community Platform; mitantana votoaty ho an'ny tambajotra; ary mandray anjara amin'ny tetikasa samihafa mifandraika amin'ny fitantarana, paikady sy fanavaozana ny IBP. amin'ny 12 taona manerana ny rafitra ONU, ONG sy ny sehatra tsy miankina, Carolin dia manana fahatakarana multidisciplinary momba ny SRHR sy ny fiantraikany lehibe kokoa amin'ny fahasalamana sy ny fampandrosoana maharitra. Ny traikefany dia mamakivaky ny fifandraisana ivelany / anatiny; fisoloana vava; fiaraha-miasa amin’ny fanjakana/tsy miankina; andraikitry ny orinasa; ary M&f. Anisan'ny faritra ifantohan'ny fandrindram-pianakaviana; fahasalaman’ny tanora; fitsipika ara-tsosialy; FGM; fanambadiana zaza; ary herisetra mifototra amin'ny voninahitra. Carolin dia manana MSc amin'ny Media Technology/Journalism avy amin'ny Royal Institute of Technology, Soeda, ary koa ny MSc amin'ny Marketing avy amin'ny Oniversiten'i Stockholm, Soeda, ary nianatra momba ny zon'olombelona ihany koa, fampandrosoana sy CSR any Aostralia sy Soisa.

Sarah V. Harlan

Mpitarika ny ekipa fiaraha-miasa, Fahalalana FAHOMBIAZANA, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Sarah V. Harlan, MPH, dia tompon-daka amin'ny fahasalamana ara-pananahana eran-tany sy ny fandrindram-pianakaviana efa ho roapolo taona. Izy no mpitarika ny ekipan'ny fiaraha-miasa amin'ny tetikasa Knowledge SUCCESS ao amin'ny Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Ny tombontsoany ara-teknika manokana dia ny Population, FAHASALAMANA, ary ny tontolo iainana (PHE) ary fampitomboana ny fidirana amin'ny fomba fanabeazana aizana maharitra kokoa. Izy dia mpiara-manorina ny hetsika fitantarana ny Family Planning Voices (2015-2020) ary mitarika ny podcast Inside the FP Story. Izy koa dia mpiara-manoratra amin'ny toro-làlana maromaro, anisan'izany ny Fanorenana Programa Tsara kokoa: Torolalana amin'ny dingana amin'ny fampiasana ny fitantanana fahalalana amin'ny fahasalamana manerantany.

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