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McIntyre, Susan; Solo, Julie; Hamilton, Pansy I.; Jackson, Jean
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Advanced Training and Research in Fertility Management
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Case study of the Contraceptive Research Program in Jamaica: What was achieved and how?
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2004
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vi, 36
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Abstract
Introduction: Research provides important evidence to inform and improve reproductive health programs and policies. But how much is such information used, and what are the key factors that facilitate or hinder the process of turning research into practice? In order to address these questions, Family Health International (FHI) undertook a case study of its work in Jamaica. Over the past three decades, FHI’s activities funded by the Contraceptive Technology Research (CTR) Cooperative Agreement have responded to the evolving reproductive health needs of women in developing countries. The third CTR Agreement, which began in 1995, sought “to develop, evaluate and introduce a range of acceptable methods of family planning and to enhance the capacity of family planning researchers and programs in developing countries to provide those methods.” Under this agreement, 22 separate project activities have been or are being conducted in Jamaica. Methodology: Data collection took place between May and June 2004 and included interviews with FHI staff in North Carolina and with key collaborators and stakeholders in Jamaica. A total of 32 individuals were interviewed. The four-person team also reviewed relevant project documents and materials on reproductive health in Jamaica. Results: Although the CTR projects in Jamaica were never based on a strategic, coordinated country plan, there was a high degree of continuity and connection among the different projects.....
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