Evidence and Learning

The SCTG works to coordinate and broker knowledge generated and accumulated across partners and initiatives in pursuit of the SCTG’s overall objectives.

Through its Evidence and Learning Working Group, the SCTG seeks to leverage and elevate the evidence and knowledge-generating activities of partners and stakeholders as well as to understand the self-care evidence needs and priorities of countries. We aim to produce evidence and learning resources that are global goods and resources that reflect and/or can be used or adapted within a country context to support an evidence-based self-care movement.

The Evidence and Learning Working Group

The SCTG’s Evidence and Learning Working Group (ELWG) contributes to, develops, and promotes evidence to fill gaps in information identified and prioritized by implementers, advocates, and policymakers to accelerate, scale-up, and sustain the policy and practice of self-care within health systems at national and subnational levels. ELWG seeks to advance the evidence base for self-care as an avenue to achieve universal health coverage (UHC)​, and is best suited to implementers, researchers, and national policy makers.

Find our Charter here. To join the ELWG, fill out the SCTG membership form and indicate your interest in ELWG!

ELWG meets on a quarterly basis. Mark your calendars for an exciting series of events!

  • January 20, 2022: Self-Care Evidence Mapping and Prioritization + ELWG 2022 Work Plan
  • March 31, 2022: Launching the Measurement Guidance (ICRW)
  • June 30, 2022: Launching the Costing and Financing Guidance (firm TBD)
  • Sept 29, 2022: Launching a New Workstream (informed by Evidence Mapping and Prioritization Workstream)
  • Mid-December 2022 or early Jan 2023: TBC


Purpose: Provide practical guidance for effectively designed, implemented and researched digital health in support of self-care addressing 4 key domains: accountability/ responsibility, quality assurance, user experience, and privacy and confidentiality.
Output: Digital Self-Care: A Framework for Design, Implementation & Evaluation
Lead: HealthEnabled

Purpose: Help health systems monitor quality of self-care. Adapted from the Bruce-Jain family planning quality of care framework, and includes five domains and 41 standards that can be applied to a broad range of primary health care approaches to self-care.
Output: Quality of Care Framework for Self-Care
Lead: Population Services International and SCTG Partners

Purpose: Understand the extent to which Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria implement the WHO Self-Care Recommendations (REC) in policy and practice in order to (a) inform national advocacy opportunities in those countries and (b) develop a toolkit for replication in other countries.
Output: Policy Mapping: Assessing Implementation of the WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions
Lead: Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) Imperial College London

Purpose: Co-design a self-care framework that helps policy makers and implementers understand why and how SBC can contribute to improved SRH self-care outcomes.
Output: SBC Self-Care Framework
Lead: Breakthrough Action
Read the workstream summary overview here. Join the SBC SC Framework Peer Learning Community using this form 

Purpose: Develop consolidated measurement for self-care that builds on existing evidence, tools, and frameworks and meets the needs of national self-care stakeholders, including ministries of health and national HMIS programs
Output: Measurement Guidance expected in Q1 2022
Lead: ICRW
Read the Measurement Workstream Overview here
Join the Measurement Sub Working Group using this form

Purpose: Develop guidance to measure and model cost-effectiveness for self-care and self-care financing guidance
Output: Guidance expected in Q2 2022
Lead: TBD
Read the workstream overview here
Join the Costing and Financing Sub Working Group usingthis form.

Purpose: Develop a systematic process to identify and prioritize self-care evidence needs, in order to inform future ELWG workstreams and better coordinate self-care evidence generation across the community of practice
Output: Evidence priorities expected in Q2 2022
Lead: TBD
Read the workstream overview here.
Join the Evidence Mapping and Prioritization Sub Working Group using this form.


Stay tuned and check back soon for more opportunities.