Track20 is actively engaged in shaping the global landscape of data use in family planning, developing methodology for monitoring family planning programming and providing strategic analysis.

Advancing FP Measurement
Contributing to the Family Planning Measurement Agenda

Track20, through its support of FP2020 and participation on its Performance, Monitoring, and Evidence Working Group, is engaged in a variety of efforts to improve the global family planning measurement agenda.

  • Developing new sources of data on Family Planning through the NCIFP
  • Encouraging new ways of engaging with existing data through the development of new indicators: Method Information Index
  • Supporting key decisions to harmonize indicators within the family planning community

Informing Global Discussions on Family Planning

Track20 serves as a resource to the global family planning community, providing data and analysis for a wide range of stakeholders on progress and opportunities in family planning.

  • Provides bi-annual data updates to the FP2020 Reference Group
  • Supports the Reference Groups Core Conveners (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA, USAID, and DFID) by providing innovative analysis on FP2020 countries and by responding to specific analysis requests.

In addition, Track20 provides technical support through participation in the PPFP Steering Committee, High Impact Practices (HIP) TAG, the PME Working Group, the Metrics Working Group, and other forums.

Track20 supports annual monitoring of the Ouagadougou Partnership, including assessing progress toward their independent goal for additional users. We also provide data analysis and interpretation for their annual meeting as well as for their biannual donor meetings.

Tracking Family Planning Expenditures

Track20 is working to track country-level family planning expenditures by combining information from three sources:

  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), collects data from the largest donors on financial flows for family planning.
  • WHO, which uses a System of Health Accounts (SHA) framework which produces data on total health expenditures as well as RNMCH expenditures, to which the category of family planning expenditures has been added.
  • UNFPA's Family Planning Expenditures Tracking surveys (administered by Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)). NIDI issues a questionnaire that collects expenditures on specific projects such as family planning.
Data from all three initiatives is being used to prepare the best possible annual estimates of FP expenditures by country and globally.

For country estimates, Track20's Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (MEOs) work with local UNFPA offices and government stakeholders to present and discuss the FP Expenditure data during the annual validation meetings of the annual FP indicators. 

Partnering with UNPD to expand statistical modeling

Track20 is part of a modeling consortium that includes the United Nations Population Division (UNPD) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The objective of this consortium is to have global alignment on models and tools that estimate CPR when possible and to push progress in expanding global family planning estimation methodologies and outputs. The UNPD, in partnership with the University of Singapore, led the way in establishing a Bayesian model that estimates CPR, mCPR, and unmet need for married women annually. This model serves as the base of the modeling being done by all consortium members with expansions that prioritize all women estimates and disaggregations of CPR.

Track20 is supporting expanding the use of estimation models in family planning through two primary interventions: (a) expanding of the role of service statistics by developing tools that support the inclusion of this type of data in the Bayesian estimations and (b) capacity building within countries so they can run annual estimates internally. Both of these are supported by the development of FPET, an online, open-access tool that allows countries to use the model and run estimates for their country directly. Countries that have pledged a commitment to FP2020 are offered this opportunity and many have been actively engaged and producing their own estimates since the start of the global initiative.