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Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Family Planning and Reproductive Health Strategy has a goal to increase modern contraceptive prevalence rates in selected urban areas through the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative. This initiative is underway in four countries: Uttar Pradesh, India; Nigeria; Kenya; and Senegal. The initiative involves country consortia that target family planning services to the urban poor to reduce inequity, improve quality of and access to family planning services through integration and private sector programs, and with the aim to increase family planning use. A separate Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) grant was issued to the Carolina Population Center to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative's efforts in the four countries. This grant involves developing a core set of indicators and a study design that is being used across all four countries. Working with MLE partners are: the African Population and Health Research Center, the International Center for Research on Women, and the Population Reference Bureau. This team is: (1) evaluating initiative programs using a rigorous study design, (2) building in-country capacity for monitoring and evaluation of urban family planning programs, and (3) facilitating knowledge sharing and documenting best practices from the initiative programs. This six-year project will collect, analyze, and use data to inform family planning and reproductive health advocacy and programming of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and globally.

Principal Investigator: David K. Guilkey

CPC Fellow Investigator: Shelah S. Bloom , Siân L. Curtis , Ilene S. Speizer , John F. Stewart

Funding Source: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grant Number: 52037

Funding Period: 1/30/2009 - 1/29/2014

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