We conduct research to build the knowledge base for more effective programs in health, education and economic development. We work with local researchers and partner institutions to provide governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, nongovernmental agencies and civil society the evidence they need to deliver the greatest impact.
Pressing for answers on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition
For years, health officials have questioned whether a link exists between the use of hormonal contraceptive methods and the risk of HIV acquisition. Our scientists are leading the implementation of landmark research in sub-Saharan Africa to address this question. The Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study is a multicountry, open-label randomized clinical trial. The results, expected in 2019, will provide evidence to help women make informed decisions about contraception.
Does education inequality lead to violent conflict?
Our work in education is building a stronger knowledge and evidence base on the root causes, institutional drivers and effects of inequality in education and is documenting the efficacy of solutions for improving equality in educational participation and learning. A study on inequality and conflict, undertaken by our Education Policy and Data Center (EPDC) in 2015, found that countries with high inequality in education are twice as likely to experience civil war, compared with countries where access to education is more equitable. This important research supports the case for greater investments in education.
In 2015, FHI 360 experts authored or contributed to 16 books or book chapters and 164 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Horizontal Inequality in Education and Violent Conflict