To date, there is no standard, globally-agreed upon instrument to measure sexual practices, behaviours and sexual health-related outcomes. Instead, many population-representative surveys use their own items and domains, making comparisons and collaboration difficult. To encourage the inclusion of transparent and comparable sexual health-related measures on population-representative surveys, and in response to calls from leading sexual health researchers, the WHO seeks to develop a standard instrument for assessing sexual practices, behaviours, and sexual health-related outcomes worldwide. This instrument could then serve as a ‘module’ for use in national and sub-national data collection, as well as allow for needed comparative research.
Who can participate?
This call is open to anyone with professional interest, experience and/or expertise in sexual practices/behaviours and sexual health-related outcomes. This experience can be related to certain populations or the general population.
Your submission will help to develop this standard instrument for assessing sexual health practices, behaviours, and outcomes, and also encourage transparent and comparable sexual health items on population-representative surveys across the globe.
People providing eligible submissions will be given a commendation certificate from the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) to recognise participation. A selected group of 10-20 people whose overall contributions receive the highest scores from judges will be invited to join the hackathon. People who submit any idea or measure(s) that is used in the final standardized instrument will be recognized in the publication as an instrument co-developer.
All submissions should be related to sexual and reproductive health. We are particularly interested in items that can be used in a broad range of settings, especially low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Submission categories include the following:
- Feedback on which domains to include, exclude, or modify in the standardized survey instrument (see initial list here).
- Feedback on which implementation considerations related to doing population-representative surveys to include, exclude, or modify (see initial list here).
- Examples of existing survey instruments. Please provide as much information as possible on any instrument provided and our current list of submitted instruments here. Note that full instruments should be either focused on sexual/reproductive health or have an entire module focused on sexual and reproductive health.
- Creative ideas. This could be a new measure or analysis method that has been or has not been published.
Files can be uploaded as Word documents or PDFs. All entries should be submitted via the website submission portal by 11:59 GMT on October 24th, 2019
More details about the call and who is involved, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions can be found here.
Got a question? Send an email to Lianne Gonsalves at [email protected] and use the subject line: ‘Sexual Health Survey Open Call’.