Percent of respondents who report discussing family planning with a health or family planning worker or promoter in the past 12 months

“Health or family planning worker or promoter” will be context-specific.  But generally, this can be broadly defined as an individual who promotes family planning (FP) use or provides FP services or information, which includes both community and facility-based providers.  Discussion of FP must be limited to the past 12 months.

This indicator is calculated as:

(Number of respondents who discussed FP with a health or FP worker/promoter in the past 12 months / total number of respondents) x 100 

Verification of the number of respondents who report having discussed FP with a health of FP worker in the past year.  It is helpful if the data includes age of respondent disaggregated by age group (e.g. 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.); sex; current marital status (e.g. married, cohabitating, other); type of worker/promoter (e.g. community-based distributor, health professional, health educator, etc.); and possibly age of last born child if the respondent is a parent

Population-based survey; facility records or program records from community-based providers

This indicator assesses contact with an FP promoter or service provider and is therefore one measurement of access to FP-related information and services.  For postpartum FP programs, this indicator is particularly relevant because of the emphasis placed on “no missed opportunity” with regard to FP counseling, education, and services.  

If the indicator is disaggregated by community-based versus facility-based provider, it could help estimate the level of community-based program activity, outreach, and utilization in an area and/or trends over time.

The indicator does not assess the exact topics discussed between the respondent and the worker/promoter nor does it gather information about whether an FP method was accepted or not.

family planning, community

USAID. 2008. Flexible Fund Guidance for Grantees: Implementation Plan (IP) and Baseline Assessments. Washington DC: USAID.

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