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:
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.
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.