Assessing Use, Usefulness, and Application of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning Briefs and Strategic Planning Guides

In global health, persistent barriers and challenges to bridging the gap between research and practice remain critical to address in most health areas. The High Impact Practices (HIPs) briefs and strategic planning guides aim to bridge the know-do gap in family planning (FP) by facilitating research utilization and knowledge sharing and also providing a summary of experiential knowledge from experts. The purpose of this qualitative study was to assess the use, usefulness, and application of these 2 knowledge products developed by the HIP Partnership for decision-makers and implementers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).


  • The High Impact Practices (HIPs) briefs and strategic planning guides can help disseminate knowledge to a wide non-academic audience, support advocacy efforts, and strengthen family planning (FP) programs.

  • Interviews with FP professionals revealed a need to enhance local use of HIP briefs and strategic planning guides, adapt or develop additional formats and products for different audiences, and facilitate access to resources to support HIP implementation.


  • Creators of knowledge products intended for a non-academic audience, such as decision-makers and program implementers, should consider the importance of using simple, clear language and ensuring quality control of any translated material.

  • Requesting input from the main audience of knowledge products is critical to ensure such products address existing gaps and needs, thereby making efficient use of resources.