Four decades after its creation, the Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health in the United States and worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.
The Guttmacher Institute provides reliable, balanced, nonpartisan information on sexual activity, contraception, abortion and childbearing. This involves—and has involved for more than four decades—a commitment to identifying key questions, collecting and analyzing data to answer them and publishing the answers. It entails mining government data for new findings, surveying individuals, and making sense of and reaching new audiences with the results of research and policy analysis. It also means participating in interviews with the media, testifying before federal and state legislative bodies and in court cases, and working with groups and individuals to provide information.
The Institute produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health, including International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (formerly International Family Planning Perspectives), the Guttmacher Policy Review and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. In 2009, Guttmacher was designated an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health by the World Health Organization and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization.
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, public education and policy analysis. For nearly four decades, Guttmacher has demonstrated that scientific evidence — when reliably collected and analyzed, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated — can make a difference in policies, programs and medical practice.
Key Program Areas:
The Institute's work focuses on four key program areas, each with a set of goals, objectives and target audiences.
1. Protecting the Next Generation: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
2. Adding it Up: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Financing
3. Rights and Responsibilities: Healthy Pregnancies, Contraception and Abortion
4. Healthy Sexuality: Relationships, Intimacy and Sexual Behavior
The Guttmacher Institute's budget of approximately $14 million supports its U.S. and international research, publications, information outreach and public policy activities. The Institute relies on the generosity of individuals, private foundations, U.S. government grants, international government grants and global organizations for support of its programs.
Guttmacher’s Strategic Map 2009-2013:
Ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.
Ultimate Indicators of Progress:
• -Major reductions in unintended pregnancy and in the need for abortion;
• -Major reductions in maternal mortality and morbidity
• -Major reductions in adolescent pregnancy;
• -Major reductions in the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
• -Major reductions in inequities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Mission: The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.
Vision: A world in which all people are able to exercise their rights and responsibilities regarding sexual behavior and reproduction freely and with dignity.
Guttmacher’s program is guided by four overarching institutional values:
-Commitment to rigor in their research and analysis and to publication of their findings, whatever the ramifications for policies and programs may be
-Prioritizing the needs of disadvantaged groups and addressing inequities in access to and use of information and services
-Addressing emerging questions to promote understanding and shape the public debate
-Collaborating with others to maximize the reach and impact of their research and analysis
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