New publications on abortion rates worldwide, and a new toolkit to go with a guide on understanding and using data

(1) In May 2016, the Guttmacher Institute published a new study on abortion rates worldwide in The Lancet. At the same time, they also published updated fact sheets in English on Abortion Worldwide, Abortion in Africa, Abortion in Asia, and Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean. There are now also a number of translated versions of these fact sheets:– Abortion Worldwide fact sheet in French and Spanish– Abortion in Africa fact sheet in French– Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean fact sheet in Spanish(2) Demystifying Data: A Guide to Using Evidence to Improve Young People’s Sexual Health and Rightsby Ragnar Anderson, Christine Panchaud , Susheela Singh, Katherine Watson, August 2014– Presentación del Juego de Herramientas para el Taller Desmitificando Datos (Spanish)– Présentation de la boîte à outils pour l’atelier Démystifier les données (French)A new toolkit to accompany this guide has now been published:Demystifying Data Workshop Toolkitby Christine Panchaud, Ragnar Anderson, July 2016– Desmitificando datos: uso de evidencia para mejorar la salud y los derechos sexuales de la gente joven: Juego de herramientas para realizar un taller (Spanish)Démystifier les données: Utiliser les données disponibles afin d’améliorer la santé et les droits sexuels des jeunes: Boîte à outils pour l’atelier de formation (French)These publications by the Guttmacher Institute and International Planned Parenthood Federation are designed to improve advocates’ ability to understand the characteristics of data. This includes using data and evidence to to support advocacy, improve the provision of comprehensive sexuality education, increase access to sexual and reproductive health services, formulate and implement policies to protect young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, and address the needs of the most vulnerable groups of young people. They also teach how to use data to identify and describe specific issues in adolescent sexual and reproductive health in their work, and guide participants on what to do when data are missing, how to look for alternative sources of data, and advocate for data collection.The toolkit works as a supplement to the guide. In non-technical language, it defines 70 indicators that measure need for adolescent sexual and reproductive health information and services. Its purpose is to train advocates of adolescent sexual and reproductive health how best to utilize data in their work with accuracy and confidence, and how to harness data to improve the lives of young people.The toolkit contains instructions for facilitating a two-day workshop, includes handouts, worksheets, and slides that articulate the main concepts in the guide for educators, youth advocates, and advocacy organizations both in-country and globally.