Rutgers WPF's research team have been trained to do quantitative as well as qualitative research, and are capable of working in national as well as international contexts. All research meets academic standards. Rutgers WPF publishes research reports and articles in (scientific) journals for professionals in the field of sexual and reproductive health and also publishes in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
One of the tasks of Rutgers WPF is to produce epidemiological facts and figures, in addition to documenting and reporting the data of other institutes. There are three areas of research that are important:
- Monitoring and registration
- Development and implementation of interventions
- Quantitative and qualitative research
Monitoring and registration
Monitoring and registration aims to provide a survey of facts and figures in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. All our target groups have access to correctly-processed and presented data with respect to the current situation, as well as past trends of indicators in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Rutgers WPF produces epidemiological facts and figures in addition to documenting and reporting the data of other institutes.
Development and implementation of interventions
The second pillar of research activities includes the development and implementation of interventions. In this area of activity monitoring and evaluation, effect studies, needs assessments, process and content evaluations are carried out.
Quantitative and qualitative research
Thirdly, Rutgers WPF is involved in theory-driven (or theory-grounded) research covering the relevant social and psychological processes in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, thus trying to explain sexual and reproductive behaviour and attitudes. Rutgers WPF research is aimed at behaviour and its determinants, experiences and perceptions, and the needs of target groups with respect to various aspects of sexual health.