Evidence of instances of the implementation of policies that promote FP services and information
Instances in which there is concrete evidence of implementation for new or existing national/subnational policies or strategic plans that promote family planning (FP) services and information. Policy implementation is the process of carrying out and accomplishing a policy. This may require the creation of an implementation plan, policy guidelines and a budget line item to ensure that the policy is carried out in the manner that was intended by policymakers. These policies may address a diverse range of issues related to FP, such as the supply and management of contraceptive commodities, job responsibilities of different FP providers, health management information system, or the content of mass media messages related to FP.
Evidence of the implementation of policies supporting FP services and information
Directive, resolution; tool to measure policy implementation; meeting minutes providing evidence of dialogue among national and subnational governments on new guidelines; evidence of activity plans or reports that show the policy is being used; key informant interviews
This is very similar to the policy indicator in this database, Existence of national or subnational policies or guidelines that promote access to FP services and information. However, this indicator reflects a later point in the policy continuum. It requires evidence that a policy or strategic plan has been implemented, but it does not require proof of budget. In addition, this indicator is a measure of explicit support for FP services by the government. It reflects the most advanced point on the policy continuum with a policy both implemented, and funded, with the resources being used for their intended purpose.
Evaluators may face difficulty finding an “FP policy” since many countries do not have an explicit policy related to FP but rather encompass FP within a broader reproductive health policy. In addition, it is somewhat subjective to determine if implementation is complete and effective.
policy, access, family planning, quality