Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit

Tools and guidance to develop and execute multi-year family planning plans

What Is a Costed Implementation Plan?

A Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) is a multi-year actionable roadmap designed to help governments achieve their family planning goals—goals that when achieved will save millions of lives and improve the health and wellbeing of women, families and communities. CIPs are a critical tool in transforming ambitious family planning commitments—such as those made through Family Planning 2020 and the Ouagadougou Partnership—into concrete programs and policies.

 Countries must be strategic and efficient in investing limited resources to meet the growing demand for family planning. Those that devote time and resources in developing a CIP will emerge with a detailed plan for systematically implementing strategies, fulfilling commitments and achieving family planning goals. A comprehensive CIP can address and budget for all thematic areas of a family planning program: demand creation; service delivery and access; contraceptive security; policy and enabling environment; financing; and stewardship, management, and accountability. By engaging in the CIP strategic planning process, governments can:

  • Prioritize family planning interventions
  • Detail key activities and outline a roadmap for implementation 
  • Estimate the impacts of interventions
  • Forecast costs and make strategic allocation decisions
  • Mobilize resources to meet gaps 
  • Monitor progress 
  • Unify stakeholders around one focused family planning strategy

What Is the Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit?

The CIP Resource Kit features tools for developing and executing a robust, actionable and resourced family planning strategy. Specifically, the kit includes guidance documents and tools necessary for program planners, ministry representatives and technical assistance providers to go through the CIP process. The Resource Kit provides best-practice guidance based on the hands-on experience of governments, donors and technical assistance providers in creating and implementing CIPs.

The Resource Kit can accelerate progress toward family planning goals irrespective of a country’s current stage of CIP implementation: Government officials and technical assistance providers can use the kit to develop new plans, help refine and implement existing strategies and move policy to action. Users are encouraged to select and adapt the guidance documents and tools that suit their needs, as not every country context requires carrying out each step of the process or using every resource in the kit. 

10 Steps: Building a Costed Implementation Plan

The CIP process can be divided into 10 steps, implemented across three phases: plan, develop and execute. Stakeholder engagement, advocacy and sustained commitment to rights and empowerment principles are essential components that should crosscut the CIP cycle.

The 10-Step Process for CIP Planning, Development and Execution tool provides an overview of the complete CIP process, including details on each of the 10 steps and sub-steps, and illustrates how and when specific tools and approaches can be applied. Even users who intend to focus on a specific phase of the CIP process will benefit from reviewing this foundational document.

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Step 1
Obtain Buy In
plan
Engaging in the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) process is an investment...
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Step 2
Develop a Roadmap & Secure Resources
plan
Prepare a clear scope of work that outlines the roles and responsibilities...
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Step 3
Conduct a Situational Analysis
develop
A situational analysis is a systematic collection of data from various...
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Step 4
Develop a Technical Strategy
develop
The implementation plan captures priority evidence-based interventions and...
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Step 5
Estimate Resources & Costs
develop
Costing is an iterative process by which the technical support team...
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Step 6
Identify Financing Gaps
develop
This information can aid resource mobilization efforts and support...
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Step 7
Finalize & Launch Plan
develop
Once the CIP document is completed, the government and relevant...
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Step 8
Set Up & Manage Institutional Arrangements for Management
execute
Execution must be a joint effort among a variety of partners.
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Step 9
Monitor Performance
execute
Performance monitoring is a continuous process implemented by governments...
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Step 10
Plan for Resource Mobilization
execute
Developing a strategy that supports sustainable and diversified funding...
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Endorsements

The CIP articulates the country's consensus-driven priorities for family planning. It guides current and new partners in their family planning investments and programs. The CIP is an endorsement by government and partners of the well-known fact that family planning saves the lives of women, newborns, and adolescents as well as contributes to the nation's socioeconomic development.

Cecilie Compaore, Deputy Representative, UNFPA Uganda

The CIP is a tool that will empower us in Kenya to confidently advocate for investments in FP for the Kenya Vision 2030 with accurate figures of cost and priorities. In fact the CIP can be referred to as the 'Bible' of family planning program implementation in Kenya.

Dr. Isaac Bashir, Former Director, Division of Reproductive Health, Kenya

Costed Implementation plans are crucial for determining the financing gap and mobilizing resources. They are important for the governments to determine the internal resources that have to be mobilized to fill the gap.

Ishrat Husain, Senior Health Advisor, Africa Bureau, USAID

Our country has taken the first step of making FP a reality with this blueprint, the next and most important step is implementation.

Hon. Dr. Joseph Katema, Zambia

Let us take advantage of the partnership demonstrated during ths development of the CIP to create and sustain synergy in our actions and functions to ensure universal access to FP and to mobilize resources for FP. Let us take advantage of the leadership demonstrated by the MOH and the commitment shown by the government to coordinate partners and stakeholders to increase access to FP and hold ourselves accountable to the women and girls in need of FP method or service.

Cecilie Compaore, Deputy Representative, UNFPA Uganda

Aknowledgements

This Resource Kit is the result of collaboration, knowledge sharing and thought leadership among numerous organizations and experts.

Producers

The following partners led the development of new tools for the Resource Kit as well as curated existing relevant resources:

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Health Policy ProjectThe Health Policy Project (HPP) works to strengthen evidence-based policy, advocacy, governance and finance to shape health services, systems and budgets in developing countries. HPP identifies gaps in existing policy, generates evidence and builds the capacity of governments, civil society and other local organizations to advocate for and implement strategic, equitable and sustainable health programming. By working with in-country partners, HPP promotes sustained commitment to and country ownership of policy responses—from policy formulation to implementation and monitoring—in  HIV, family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and maternal and child health.
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K4HealthThe Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project is the flagship health knowledge management project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health. K4Health is implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs (CCP), FHI 360IntraHealth International and Management Sciences for Health, in collaboration with a host of other partners around the world. 

 

Advisors

The following organizations also contributed their expertise and experiences to inform the CIP Resource Kit:

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