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Evidence on effective behavior change programing for sexual and reproductive health amongst married youth aged 15–24 in developing countries is lacking. This survey examines monitoring, evaluation, and special study data from "Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior of Adolescents" (PRACHAR) Project, which was implemented in Bihar, India. Implemented over 3 phases using 2 different implementation models (NGO- and government-led), it offers a decade of learning. The survey found that comprehensive programing with gender-synchronized interventions tailored to specific life stages and aimed at different levels of the socioecological models can effectively increase contraceptive use among married young people in a conservative context. Shifting from a more intensive NGO-led model to less intensive government implementation enhances scalability but may have diminished impact on reach and long-lasting effectiveness. These findings can be helpful for implementers of family planning projects. Click here to read the report.