New evidence demonstrates an important step in the pursuit of transformational change with regards to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), worldwide. A Population Council study revealed that the inclusion of gender and power in a CSE curriculum are the two most important factors in predicting its success for improving health outcomes. Innovative, feminist-friendly approaches to monitoring and evaluating CSE programs are important tools for organizations as we continue building on established research and achieving future success with regards to CSE.
To illustrate potential pathways towards actualizing this vision the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) and Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) organized a three-day convening of partners and colleagues to share experiences in implementing and evaluating in- and out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programs. The convening was a forum for discussing strategies to monitor, evaluate and document CSE programs for the dual purposes of strengthening programs and conducting evidence-based advocacy.
IWHC commissioned this report to document the convening which brought together 40 participants representing 26 organizations from 15 countries. The majority were advocates and program implementers from nongovernmental organizations based in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Also participating were experts in the field of monitoring and evaluation and representatives of UNFPA, UNESCO and the WHO.