The Track20 Project, implemented by Avenir Health, monitors progress towards achieving the goals of the global FP2020 initiative (an additional 120 million modern method users between 2012 and 2020 in the world’s 69 poorest countries). Track20 works directly with governments in participating FP2020 countries to collect, analyze and use data to monitor progress annually in family planning and to actively use data to improve family planning strategies and plans.
Track20 works with governments to transform current practices that rely heavily on large national household surveys conducted every five years or so, to a system in which data collected by governments are used to produce annual estimates on a range of key family planning indicators. This approach makes greater use of service statistics and other data collected through the public and private sector, taking into account their limitations, and works with governments to install an annual process that reviews the data and issues official estimates.
Track20 activities and efforts are focused on countries which pledged their commitment to the FP2020 global initiative, referred to as Track20 Focus Countries. The remaining FP2020 countries, referred to as Additional Track20 Countries, will also receive some technical support, though to a lesser degree. In order to achieve its goals, Track20 is:
Supporting national M&E officers in select Track20 Focus Countries
Track20 will work with FP2020 pledging countries to recruit and train dedicated family planning M&E officers. Officers will be placed in the country Ministry of Health, Office of Population, or other relevant office. The intent is for the M&E officer to become the point person for family planning data from both the public and private sectors. The M&E Officer will collate, analyze, and disseminate family planning data for reporting, program improvement, and strategic decision-making. They will play a leading role in building consensus around estimates for annual reporting on family planning progress to FP2020. The Track20 Project will provide ongoing capacity building for these officers in the form of regional trainings, country visits and direct responses to specific technical requests.
Partnering with United Nations Population Division to expand their statistical modeling process
The UNPD issues annual estimates of a number of family planning indicators, using a mathematical modeling technique that relies on cross-sectional survey data. Track20 will work with UNPD to incorporate other data sources into this model, such as service statistics data, commodity data, and data from the private sector and NGOs. While the survey data will still be used as the anchor in the updated model, the additional data sources will serve to enhance the accuracy of the estimates. The model will then be used annually in FP2020 pledging countries to produce estimates for a core set of family planning indicators.
Supporting annual national data consensus-building workshops in Track20 Focus Countries
Each year, Track20 will support annual data consensus-building workshops in FP2020 pledging countries to bring together key government, NGO, and UN partners to review, discuss and analyze available data and issue annual estimates for key family planning indicators. These workshops will be used to present the latest data, facilitate discussions around analysis, quality of data, data gaps, and produce estimates for annual monitoring reported to FP2020. These workshops will also be the first step towards organizing data into a format that supports country level decision making to improve program implementation and quality of services.
Tracking country-level family planning expenditures
Track20 will work to track country-level family planning expenditures by combining information from three sources: Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), WHO’s Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA), and Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). The KFF collects data from the largest donors on financial flows for family planning. To report expenditure data to COIA, WHO 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 will be added. NIDI issues a questionnaire which collects information on total population expenditure and on expenditures on specific projects such as family planning. Data from all three initiatives will be used to prepare the best possible annual estimates of FP expenditures by country and globally.
Documenting and disseminating FP monitoring information and tools
Track20 will work to document and disseminate family planning monitoring information and country-level progress through the creation of tools and materials. The Track20 website will serve as a global platform to disseminate these tools, as well as disseminate existing tools, produced by other organizations and projects, that are relevant to family planning monitoring. Effort will be made to create innovative tools that highlight country progress and identify country and regional trends. Track20 will also create a network of family planning monitoring professionals using LinkedIn, which will facilitate collaboration and sharing of information.
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Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership that supports the right of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. FP2020 is an outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning where more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery and socio-cultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information, services and supplies. Donors also pledged an additional US$2.6 billion in funding.
Led by an 18-member Reference Group, guided technically by Working Groups, operated daily by a Task Team and hosted by the United Nations Foundation, FP2020 is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. FP2020 is in support of the UN Secretary-General’s global effort for women and children’s health, Every Woman Every Child. For more information visit www.familyplanning2020.orgView the 2012-2013 annual report View the 2013-2014 annual report