The cornerstone of Track20 is working directly with Governments, building their capacity to improve the quality of data being collected and how the data is being used to inform regular monitoring and strategic decision making.

Supporting Dedicated FP M&E Officers

Track20 works with FP2020 pledging countries to recruit and train dedicated family planning M&E officers. Officers are placed in the country Ministry of Health, Office of Population, or other relevant office. These M&E officer’s serve as point persons for family planning data from both the public and private sectors. The M&E Officer collates, analyzes, and disseminates family planning data for reporting, program improvement, and strategic decision-making. They play a leading role in building consensus around estimates for annual reporting on family planning progress to FP2020. The Track20 Project provides ongoing capacity building for these officers in the form of annual trainings, country visits and direct responses to specific technical requests.

Track20 is currently supporting M&E Officers in 35 Countries

Promoting Dialogue through Consensus Workshops

Since its inception, a key focus of Track20 has been supporting annual Consensus Workshops in countries. These workshops allow for key partners in country- Government, donors, academics, NGO's, and other implementation partners - to come together to collectively review their country progress, agree on the values to be reported to FP2020 and other internal key indicators, and discuss critical issues in FP measurement to be addressed.

What is a consensus-building workshop?

Consensus-building workshops are annual meetings, led by the Ministry of Health, where governments and partners come together to do an annual review of family planning data. This includes review of available data; discussions on the quality of that data; utilization of statistical models and other methodologies to produce annual estimates of core indicators; and assessment of progress towards a country's national family planning strategy. The Track20 M&E Officer plays a key role in this meeting by supporting the use of new methodologies and tools and providing detailed information about the available data.

Overall, the workshops serve as a platform to discuss family planning data and to support the use of data in country level decision-making to improve program implementation and quality of services. Data produced during the meeting is shared with FP2020 to show annual progress and be included in reports.

Providing Targeted Technical Support

While all FP2020 pledging countries are offered a basic package of support from Track20, we also provide tailored support based on country needs - here are some examples of our work over the past year:

  • In Kenya, Track20 helped the Government review its mCPR goal.
  • In Senegal, Track20 supported the Government to use the FP Goals model to support the formation of their new CIP.
  • In Ethiopia, Track20 helped the government prepare for its annual review where the health sector reports on its performance. Information presented at the consensus meeting on the limits of latent demand for family planning was used to brief the Minister of Health and Regional Health Bureau's.
  • Zimbabwe did a desk application of FP Goals to improve the specificity and selection of interventions in their costed implementation plan.
  • India worked with Track20 to improve estimates on government expenditures on family planning and has completed an FP2020 indicators fact-book for all states.
  • In Rwanda, Track20 has completed an analysis on commodity distribution data to understand the signals these provide to a program manager.
  • In Indonesia, Track20 is leading a "Data Summit" to review adequacy and need for data currently collected by BKKBN.
Responding to Data Needs at the Decentralized Level

Track20 provides tailored methods and tools to respond to highly varied decentralized environments, that range from states with powerful budgets and governments like India, to counties in Kenya with strong governments and emerging administrative and budgetary capacity.

  • Track20 has completed decentralized projections and FP2020 indicator estimates for 20 priority Gates countries.
  • Track20 is engaging with provinces in Nigeria on selecting priority interventions and analyzing routine data.
  • In Zimbabwe, Track20 is collaborating with MOH on improvements to DHIS2 for data capture.
  • In Kenya, Track20 is supporting the use of multiple indicators to increase efficiencies in the use of supervision resources.
  • In Pakistan, Track20 is supporting provinces to develop strategies for contraceptive growth.
  • In Ethiopia, sub-national projections will be used to inform regional level planning.