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Abstract Submission Guidelines
The Conference organizers invite abstracts on cutting edge research and program results directed at enabling individuals in the world, especially in low-income areas, to achieve their contraceptive and reproductive intentions. Of particular interest are abstracts on research demonstrating how family planning benefits and advances the health and wealth of people and nations and on high impact or best practices of family planning programs and service delivery models. Abstracts using strong scientific/evaluation methods will be given priority in the review and acceptance process.

View/Print Call for Individual Abstracts

View/Print Call for Preformed Panels

Outline for Abstracts

Individual Research abstract Individual Program/Best Practice abstract
1. Significance/background (200 words max)
2. Main question/hypothesis (100 words max)
3. Methodology (location, study design, data source, time frame, sample size, analysis approach) (200 words max)
4. Results/key findings (250 words max)
5. Knowledge contribution (250 words max)
1. Significance/background (200 words max)
2. Program intervention/activity tested (100 words max)
3. Methodology (location, setting, data source, time frame, intended beneficiaries, participant size, evaluation approach) (200 words max)
4. Results/key findings (250 words max)
5. Program implications/lessons (250 words max)
Preformed Panel abstract
-Panel overview with panel objectives, panel description, panel’s research/program/policy implications (400 words)
-Describe the 4 presentations that make up the panel. (400 words per presentation)
(Total 2000 words)
We will be asked to provide a presentation title, author(s), affiliation(s), background, methods, results, and conclusions for each presentation.

Individual and Preformed Panel Abstracts will be reviewed by the following criteria:
Originality: Contained significant new findings  20%
Quality: Significantly advanced evidence base for addressing family planning needs  25%
Importance: Directly addressed key themes for conference  25%
Presentation: Clearly presented material according to outline (with headings)  30%

Abstracts were due May 1, 2015. Submitters received an e-mail acknowledging receipt. The corresponding author will be notified regarding abstract decisions by June 19, 2015. Authors/presenters will be asked to confirm their participation by December 9, 2015.

Note: persons with accepted presentations, either as individuals or on panels, will be restricted in their appearance on the conference program to two times. This is to provide opportunity for a broadened base of conferee participation. 

Below is a list of topics under which abstracts can be submitted. Abstracts with a focus that does not easily fit one of these will be considered but should be submitted in the “Other topics” category. The topics in bold will be spotlighted tracks within the conference.

1. Family planning practice
Patterns and trends in contraceptive use and method mix
Reducing unmet need for FP
Contraceptive continuation/failure
Contraceptive choice (short/long acting methods, EC)

2. Demand generation and social change
Cultural and behavioral barriers to use
FP acceptability (social norms, perceptions, beliefs)
Health communications

3. Family planning policy, advocacy and accountability
Policy change and political investment; implementation and impact
Frameworks: SDG, ICPD, FP2020
Effective advocacy and accountability approaches
Performance, Monitoring and Accountability (PMA) & transparency in FP2020

4. Family planning, rights and empowerment
Contraceptive choice
Human rights

5. Effective family planning programs
Quality of care
Access, availability, affordability
Trained workforce
Faith-based organizations and FP
Other demand and supply side interventions

6. Health systems strengthening
Strategies for contraceptive security
Supply chain management

7. Innovations in FP financing
Global financing facility
Health insurance models
Performance-based financing
Budget monitoring and costing FP
Expanding private sector participation
Total market approach, market dynamics

8. Youth and adolescents
Youth-oriented service delivery innovations and models
Developing youth leaders
Contraceptive use by youth (acceptability, use and continuation)
Delayed marriage, delayed first pregnancy

9. Innovations in contraceptive service delivery + IBP
Community-based models
Task shifting, task sharing
High-impact practices
Postpartum family planning
mHealth and other information communication technology applications for FP

10. Sustainable development and family planning
Demographic dividend
Socioeconomic impacts of FP
Gender equality
Population and environment
Population and poverty

11. Health benefits of family planning
FP for people living with HIV
FP and maternal and child survival
Gender-based violence
Birth spacing
1000-day window for neonatal and child development

12. Contraceptive technology updates
Male contraceptive methods
Female condom, EC
Multi-purpose prevention technologies

13. Integrating family planning services
Child health services
Maternal health care
Sexual health services (HIV, PMTCT, STI, cervical cancer)
Education, environment, agriculture, sports and other sectors

14. Family planning and abortion
Post-abortion FP
Unsafe abortion

15. Family planning for underserved or vulnerable populations
Men, displaced/refugee, persons with disabilities, older persons

16. Innovations in family planning monitoring, evaluation and research
Health management information systems and indicators
Evolution of population-based surveys
Empowering decision makers with data and impact assessments
Translating FP research into action

17. Other
Late-breaking results
Leadership development