High Impact Practices in Family Planning

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts against specific criteria and documented in an easy-to-use format.

The High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) are supported by over 60 organizations. These organizations play a vital role in developing, reviewing, disseminating, and implementing HIPs in family planning.

HIPs are identified based on demonstrated magnitude of impact on contraceptive use and potential application in a wide range of settings. Consideration is also given to other relevant outcome measures including unintended pregnancy, fertility, or one of the primary proximate determinants of fertility (delay of marriage, birth spacing, or breast feeding). Evidence of replicability, scalability, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness are also considered.

This seminal brief provides a list of all the HIPs identified by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is made up of experts in family planning research, program implementation, policy makers and representatives from donor agencies. The TAG meets twice a year to review evidence and make recommendations on updating and implementing HIPs.

HIPs are categorized as:

Download the HIP List:

Updated October 2020


  • Integrate trained, equipped, and supported community health workers (CHWs) into the health system.
  • Proactively offer voluntary contraceptive counseling and services at the same time and location where women receive facility-based postabortion care.
  • Support distribution of a wide range of family planning methods and promotion of healthy contraceptive behaviors through social marketing.
  • Support mobile outreach service delivery to provide a wide range of contraceptives, including long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods.
  • Immediate Post-partum family planning: Offer contraceptive counseling and services as part of care provided during childbirth at health facilities.



  • Use mass media channels to support healthy reproductive behaviors.


A HIP Enhancement is a tool or approach that is not a standalone practice, but it is often used in conjunction with HIPs to maximize the impact of HIP implementation or increase the reach and access for specific audiences. The intended purpose and impact of enhancements are focused and, therefore the evidence-based and impact of an enhancement is subjected to different standards than a HIP. HIP Enhancements include: