Planning and Support Tool

The planning and support tool provides an overview of characteristics of effective, rights based SRHR educuation/HIV prevention interventions for young people. Organisations can analyse their intervention or use the tool to plan new interventions. The tool has been developed by Rutgers WPF and Stop AIDS Now!


Many organisations want to improve young people’s quality of life and health, and they want the programmes they implement to be of the same high quality. But developing effective programmes is not easy. Experience and evidence gained from work done all over the world shows what does contribute to quality and what does not. This tool provides the most important evidence, in a way that is useful for organisations that are working in the day-to-day practice of SRHR education for young people, but have limited time and resources.


The tool consists of a brief checklist with 28 characteristics, as well as elaborate background information for each characteristic. The characteristics are categorised in 6 elements of intervention planning:

  1. Stakeholder involvement
  2. Needs assessment
  3. Objectives
  4. Intervention design
  5. Adoption and implementation
  6. Monitoring and evaluation

The characteristics include for example ‘Does the intervention include interactive skills training?’, or ‘Has the intervention been tested?’


The tool is based on a rights-based approach, supporting young people’s sexual and reproductive rights. Another key approach is the behaviour change approach, focusing on the factors that shape young people’s (sexual) behavior, including attitudes, skills and social influence.

Development of the tool

The tool was developed and tested by implementing organisations in South Africa and Pakistan and was produced in 2009 by Rutgers WPF and Stop AIDS Now! in the Netherlands. The tool is available in English, French and Portuguese and can be downloaded below.

Training of trainers

Stop AIDS Now! and Rutgers WPF have trained and support organisations in Africa to become trainers of other organisations that will use the tool to analyse their SRHR/HIV prevention programmes.