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Evaluation & Learnings from India’s Family Planning Investments in Uttar Pradesh & Bihar

Family Planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Evaluation and Learnings from Family Planning Investments is a project that aims to generate evidence on the effectiveness and impact of family planning investments in India from both the public and private health sectors.

The project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is geared toward enabling both the government and the Foundation to make informed, evidence-based programmatic decisions and plan for the future.

WHAT DID WE SET OUT TO DO?

The aim of the project is to evaluate, assess and learn from BMGF investments to build knowledge on family planning (FP) through primary, as well as secondary data analysis.

There were five broad objective of the grants:

  1. Support technical support units in carrying out their studies (evaluation and quality of service assessment in public sector) and data use;
  2. Evaluate Private sector investment;
  3. Conduct economic evaluation of the investments;
  4. Analyze the secondary data on FP from large scale national surveys; and
  5. Conduct some needs-based studies to fill some of the gaps.

WHAT METHODS DID WE USE?

ICRW, in collaboration with Population Council and IPE Global, conducted an evaluation of family planning programming in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to examine what works, for whom, to what extent, in what contexts and how, and to provide direction to future investments. It included evaluation of investments made into the public and private health sectors and also focused on capacity building at the institutional and individual level, particularly in working with young professionals.

OUTPUTS FROM PHASE 1

  1. Choice of contraceptive methods in public and private facilities in rural India published in BMC Health Services Research (2019)
  2. Planning of births and maternal, child health, and nutritional outcomes: recent evidence from India published in Journal of Public Health (2019)
  3. Infection prevention preparedness and practices for female sterilization services within primary care facilities in Northern India published in BMC Health Services Research (2020)
  4. Is unintended birth associated with physical intimate partner violence? Evidence from India published in Journal of Bio-social Science (2020)

Click the links above to access the source publications, or click below to access the same on ICRW’s website.

OUTPUTS FROM PHASE 1

PROJECT TEAM

Duration: 2015-2022
Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Partners: Population Council, IPE Global
Project Director: Abhishek Gautam
Project Countries: India
 

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