Founded in 2014, Metrics for Management (M4M) is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to develop and promote the adoption of measurement indicators and tools for use in the management of health facilities, health service NGOs, and local governmental administrative agencies in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
M4M’s mission is to create evidence-based and standardized performance measures to improve health services in LMICs, and to assure their use. M4M’s success focuses on co-creation, bringing organizations together to agree on and work toward common metrics. To achieve these goals, Metrics for Management researches, develops, standardizes, and promotes the adoption of metrics that address widely shared health system goals and that will become the field standards.
M4M’s staff has broad public health expertise – including health systems strengthening, health service delivery, primary health care, and epidemiology. M4M uses a diverse mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop actionable performance metrics to improve health. The organization engages a user-centered design that involves consultation and consensus building among key stakeholders to ensure data collected will be used to inform learning and program strategies, rigorous field-testing with implementers, and a strong engagement and adoption support process. Use of M4M metrics supports performance benchmarking across regions and institutions, better management of health programs, improved health services, and, ultimately, improved health outcomes.
Ibis Reproductive Health (Ibis) is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to improve women’s reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. Ibis’ core activity is clinical and social science research, focused on issues receiving inadequate attention in other research settings and where gaps in the evidence exist.
Ibis’ agenda is driven by women’s priorities, and they conduct research that uncovers what is important to women and asks how policies and services could better serve women’s needs. The organization seeks out and evaluate innovative strategies that have the potential to improve women’s reproductive health and choices and make it easier for them to obtain the resources and tools they need to control their fertility and protect their health. Ibis partners with health care providers, advocates, and other stakeholders on the ground to ensure that research impacts policy and practice.
Ibis’ work focuses on increasing access to safe abortion, expanding contraceptive access and choices, and improving systems, policies, knowledge, and practices for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care.
Founded in 2002, Ibis envisions a world where SRH services are simpler, easier to access, and more affordable; where policies are grounded in evidence; and where all people have autonomy and full control over their reproductive lives. Ibis’ agenda is driven by a vision of policies and service delivery models that meet the diverse needs of all people. Ibis’ work focuses on increasing access to safe abortion; expanding contraceptive access and choices; and improving systems, policies, knowledge, and practices for comprehensive SRH care. Ibis’ strong partnerships in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States enable us to produce high-quality research from a global perspective, and also make it possible for us to impact the lives of people around the world.
Founded in 1973, Ipas is an international nongovernmental organization focused on expanding access to safe abortion and contraceptive care and reproductive health and rights. With programs and partners in 22 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, Ipas works to train abortion providers, connect women with vital information so they can access services, and to advocate for safe, legal abortion.
Ipas supports the provision of comprehensive abortion care through public and private health systems and is a leader in improving the quality of this care globally. Ipas assists health systems in developing and implementing evidence-based standards, guidelines, and protocols to remove barriers to access; provides clinical training, mentoring, supervision, and monitoring to strengthen health systems’ capacity to offer high-quality safe abortion care integrated with other elements of reproductive health care; ensures the sustainable supply of equipment and commodities for abortion and contraceptive care; and supports health facilities in the collection, management, and analysis of data to improve the quality of services.
Ipas conducts policy- and program-relevant research on abortion in collaboration with diverse global, regional, national, and local partners. Ipas’s contributions to the global evidence base on abortion include groundbreaking national abortion incidence and morbidity studies, operations research on measures to improve the cost-effectiveness and quality of abortion services, and evaluation of community-based interventions. Ipas also works to strengthen service-delivery monitoring and evaluation within national health systems to help improve programs and measure impact.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation that works on the issues our founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems. We invest in effective organizations and leaders, collaborate with them to identify strategic solutions, and support them over time to reach our common goals. Building on the legacy of our founders, we believe that talented and committed people, with appropriate resources and support, can drive meaningful innovation and create lasting change.