New High-Impact Practices (HIPs) brief on family planning vouchers
What is the emerging high-impact practice in family planning service delivery?
Provide vouchers where financial and information barriers impede access to modern methods of contraceptives.
Voucher programs aim to directly influence the behavior of both provider and consumer. By targeting underserved groups, vouchers ensure subsidies reach the disadvantaged and are not absorbed by those with greater access to resources.
The just published HIP brief: Vouchers: Addressing inequities in access to contraceptive services written by Ben Bellows, Population Council; Elaine Menotti, USAID; and Shawn Malarcher, USAID, describes how vouchers can address key challenges for family planning programs, discusses the potential contribution to improving the quality and use of contraceptive services, outlines key issues for planning and implementation, and identifies knowledge gaps.