Monitoring & Evaluation in Family Planning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Future Directions
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Author(s): Barden O’Fallon J, Bisgrove E
Long-term investment and prioritization of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in family planning (FP) programs has resulted in well-established and available validated indicators, measureable outcomes, and improved program performance. For the most part, projects and programs have the tools and materials available to satisfactorily implement M&E strategies. Nonetheless, many gaps and weaknesses in M&E still need to be addressed.
This paper offers recommendations to improve the practice of M&E in FP programs based on an assessment of past and current M&E effort. We also identify future needs, areas of application, and tensions that will need to be addressed as the field advances. The information used for the analysis came from document reviews, a field survey of FP M&E professionals, and interviews with experts in the field of FP M&E.
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