Number of community-based family planning providers trained
“Community-based family planning provider” refers to any type of individual not facility-based who provides family planning (FP) services such as counseling, distribution of methods, and referrals. Training can refer to any type of FP training event, regardless of its duration or location. It involves a trainee getting a thorough understanding of the essential knowledge required to perform the job and progressing from either lacking skills or having minimal skills to being proficient.
Number of people trained (based on an actual list of names for potential verification purposes), their professional positions or community affiliation (e.g. nurse-midwife, religious leader, youth group member), sex, and training topic.
If targeting and/or linking to inequity, classify trainees by areas served (poor/not poor) and disaggregate by area served.
Records, usually kept by the training organizer or training organization, which may be used both for administrative and monitoring purposes at a later date
One way to increase access to FP at the community level is to train community-based providers in FP. By gathering data on number of community-based FP providers trained, it presents a measure of how many community-based FP providers are active in a given program or area, which is an indication of how robust a FP program is at the community level.
Counting “number trained” alone does not capture knowledge. It is important that this indicator is complimented with an indicator that assesses competency or mastery of knowledge and/or skills. An example would be, Number of community-based family planning providers trained who have mastered relevant knowledge.
training, family planning, community
The ACQUIRE Project/Engenderhealth. Programming for Training:A Resource Package for Trainers, Program Managers, and Supervisors of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Programs. 2008.