• Description

Research can play a pivotal role in ensuring contraceptive access policy is evidence-informed, effective, and promotes universal, equitable access for all people. Yet, barriers— including differing priorities between researchers and policymakers and ineffective dissemination and translation of research findings—often impede the use of evidence in policymaking. Scientific evidence is one of several factors that shapes contraceptive access policy; however, the field lacks a shared understanding of the policy-relevant research needed to drive action toward equitable access.

In response to this research-to-policy gap, the Coalition to Expand Contraceptive Access (CECA) led a collaborative, yearlong process to create a Priority Roadmap for Policy-Ready Contraceptive Research ("the Roadmap"). This process identified the research needed in the next decade to advance proactive domestic contraceptive access policy, consistent with a broader vision of Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity (SRHE) and wellbeing for all. By undertaking this effort, CECA aimed to:* Craft a long-term, national-level contraceptive access research and policy agenda informed by a broad group of stakeholders within the reproductive health field that meets the information needs of a range of policymakers and advocates.* Survey evidence needed to influence policy, leverage federal processes, and set the stage for statelevel implementation.* Position public and private funders to invest strategically in policy-ready research, researchers to carry out impactful research projects, and policymakers and advocates to use evidence effectively.

The recommendations in this Roadmap have the potential to reshape the contraceptive access research and policy landscapes—by reconsidering the frameworks that guide us, the research questions we ask, and how we design, conduct, measure, interpret, and share research and related findings.