In the Community of Practice, our clients are the GIRLS.

We are building an evidence-based approach to impact the lives of girls globally.

The Community of Practice helps strengthen the capacity of different actors to design, implement, and evaluate effective, scalable programs that build the protective health, economic, cognitive, and social assets of adolescent girls, particularly the most off-track. We work with institutions ranging from large, multilateral and bilateral organizations and governments to small community-based organizations and national or regional networks.

Why girls?

While investment in adolescent girls is increasing, there remains a gap between what is promised and what is achieved. The gap is widest for girls at the highest risk of the worst outcomes, rendering them invisible. Reaching the most off-track girls is not possible without trusted community relationships, sufficient capacity on the ground, and user-friendly evidence-informed tools and exercises to help practitioners design, test and expand programs. Look to our Essential Reading for more.


Intentional Design is an evidence-based, step-wise approach that guides practitioners through a cycle of segment-specific information collection and analysis by implementing user-friendly tools and exercises to help them create more effective and scalable girl-centered programs.  Each collection of a piece of evidence builds on the proceeding one. This  learning approach allows for promotes fairness and lays the basis for effective research and evaluation.


The Community of Practice provides an open-source and readily available platform on which to engage with our tools, program content, and more in Practitioner Resources. Practitioners report that on-the-ground application of the learning tools generates surprising and useful qualitative and quantitative knowledge vital to shaping their work, assessing its reach, and articulating plans for expansion. For more of those stories, see Field Experiences.


During this challenging time, the Population Council and this Community of Practice (CoP) is not and will not be involved in any in-person girl programming or training efforts. As a CoP, we do not extend loans or grants directly to individuals, charge any fees for memberships, job, grant or scholarship applications; or those associated with attending seminars and conferences. Any correspondence or communication that you receive that is contrary to this, was not sent by or authorized by the Population Council’s Community of Practice. If you have doubts about the authenticity of any correspondence or communication purportedly from, for or on behalf of the Population Council, contact us.

Listen to our latest webinar, Adaptations in Crisis: Stress Testing our Intentional Design Model for Girls’ Programs, featuring experiences from Ethiopia, Lebanon in refugee populations, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Guatemala, and in indigenous communities of the United States.

Read our first of many blog posts – field experiences that highlight the practical application of Intentional Design elements on the ground. The first story discusses the successes, challenges, and learnings of integrating green technologies into girls’ clubs in Sierra Leone.

Featured Resource of the Month

The Girl Roster

One of the most popular tools in the Community of Practice, the Girl Roster is a practical tool designed to help practitioners understand their program areas and elicit foundational information to intentionally link girls—especially the most off-track girls—to the vital resources, facilities, and services to which they are entitled but often have limited or no access. The tool is a user-friendly, efficient, and cost-effective way to collect program-relevant information about girls in a community using a phone-based questionnaire. The information collected, with additional community dialogue and engagement, helps local practitioners design prototype (or modify existent) programs serving different segments of girls.