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Women’s Integrated Sexual Health Programme (WISH) Third Party Monitoring

Itad, together with OPM, has been selected by DFID to lead on evidence generation and learning across the £212 million Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) family planning programme.


WISH aims to reach an additional 2.9 million new contraceptive and sexual health services users by the end of 2020. The third-party monitoring contract is designed to provide an ongoing critical constructive review of the WISH Implementing Partners (IPs) and recommend improvements for course correction to improve the overall delivery of the WISH programme. This is being delivered through:

  1. independent verification and triangulation of results as outlined in the log frame and key performance indicators of the programme;
  2. generating additional evidence of results though discrete studies; and
  3. learning what works on key issues and sharing the evidence by convening learning opportunities between all WISH programme partners and DFID to analyse progress, discuss course correction, and identify good practice.

Itad is responsible for generating additional evidence across the programme, not just to improve the overall performance of WISH but to ensure that the programme honours DFID’s commitment to “leave no one behind”. Our approach to generating the evidence, and identifying discrete studies, is based on the following:

  • We will act as knowledge brokers, creating consensus on the key questions that need to be asked and the corresponding areas of study through a multistage process.
  • We will query the Theory of Change to identify the evidence gaps and use a variety of innovative research methods to collect data for the identified studies, including open and digital data collection methods, innovative sampling and other techniques.

Using a range of strategies, we will promote successful evidence utilisation, including deciding to stop interventions that are ‘failing’ or ineffective. Our approach is flexible and led by demand, and we have carefully considered how we might motivate IPs to put evidence into practice.

We will enable all IPs and DFID to learn and share experiences collectively through a combination of digital events, including online communities of practice, and annual meetings where stakeholders can attend either in person or virtually.

Adapting SRH programmes during COVID-19

COVID-19 is very likely to have severe impacts on access to sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls. As part of our work on WISH, we are producing a series of Learning Briefs on specific SRH topics to capture the rapid adaptations to SRH service delivery made during COVID-19.

Learning brief #1: Remote training for contraceptive service delivery (in English and French)

Learning brief #2: Approaches to support the delivery of self-managed medication abortion during COVID-19 (in English and French)

As part of our work on WISH, we publish a newsletter on adapting SRH programmes during COVID-19. The newsletter brings together resources and updates including webinars, field notes and tools. You can view all past issues below, and sign up for upcoming issues here.



Image Credit © Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development