Early Success, Promise for the Future


In its first decade, the Collaborating Center has focused on the development and implementation of WHO’s evidence-based guidelines, most particularly for family planning. These efforts include new revisions of the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and the Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use as well as the first Implementation Guide for the Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use Guidelines and the associated Implementation Guide Toolkit published in September 2018.

In addition, the Collaborating Center most recently has added a new focus on building capacity for implementation research and implementation practice. Specifically, we have developed and launched the “Implementation for the Professional Learner Program”. Designed to be highly practical, we developed the Program with the goal of adding high value to the training of, and technical assistance to, a diverse group of global health stakeholders.

Closing the global gap: WHO CC team members (L to R) Joumana Haidar, Dean Fixsen, and Caitlin Williams conduct a coaching call with our 2018 cohort.

The Program builds skills using implementation science frameworks and methodologies that support the integration of evidence-based interventions as well as the full and effective use of these interventions in practice– to ensure sustainability and facilitate scalability. Further, it prepares participants to teach implementation skills to others for sustained use in their local contexts. In real time, participants apply this new understanding to real-life situations and local projects.

The Center conducts this Program over the course of one year and includes:

  • 9 modules of implementation practice and implementation research content and materials;
  • A coaching component to build the capacity of national implementation teams;
  • Guidance to national implementation teams in conducting their projects to achieve effective systemic change; and
  • Support to national implementation teams in building sub-national implementation teams.

The Center has developed Program components using a learning management system that enables country participants to access training and learning videos, presentations, articles and webinars.

The first cohort of three country teams, launched in 2018, includes:

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University, Egypt;
  • Institute of Community and Public health (ICPH), Birzeit University, West Bank; and
  • Health Services Academy (HSA), Ministry of Health, Pakistan.

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