The Guttmacher Institute’s Future
Strategic Plan for 2005–2010
Mission, Values and Guiding Principles
Approved by the Guttmacher Institute’s Board of Directors, June 23, 2005
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education, designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, promote sound policy and program development, and, ultimately, inform individual decision-making.
The Institute’s program is guided by six overarching institutional values:
• A vision for the future. The Institute envisions a world in which all women and men have the ability to exercise their rights and responsibilities regarding sexual behavior, reproduction and family formation, freely and with dignity. Essential to this vision are societal respect for and protection of personal decision-making with regard to unwanted pregnancies and births, as well as public and private-sector policies that support individuals and couples in their efforts to become responsible and supportive parents, maintain stable family structures and balance parenting with other roles. Equally vital to the Institute’s vision are the eradication of gender inequality worldwide and the attainment of equal status, rights and responsibilities for women.
• A comprehensive view of sexual and reproductive health. The Institute regards sexual and reproductive health as encompassing a wide range of people’s needs from adolescence onward. The Institute works to protect, expand and equalize access to information, services and rights that will enable women and men to
Priority attention to those with greatest need. The Institute promotes the sexual and reproductive health of all people, but gives priority attention to the needs, concerns and rights of those whose access to information, services or other societal benefits may be impeded by their age, marital status, geography or income, or because of gender, racial, ethnic, religious or cultural discrimination.
• A responsibility to the United States and the world. The Institute is acutely aware of the pressing need to improve the quality of policy and programs concerning sexual and reproductive health in the Unit-ed States, and regards achieving this goal as its primary responsibility. Understanding that the political, cultural and economic power of the United States can have considerable impact on sexual and reproductive health throughout the world, the Institute places a similarly high priority on monitoring and analyzing the effects of U.S. policy on women and men in other countries.
The Institute is also mindful that across and within countries, certain commonalities underlie the circumstances in which sexuality is expressed, families or unions are formed, and children are conceived and born. Guided by this awareness, the Institute emphasizes the development and dissemination of the thematic cross-country and country-specific work that will have the greatest relevance globally.