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National Composite Index on Family Planning (NCIFP)
What is the NCIFP?

The National Composite Index on Family Planning (NCIFP) is a new tool developed to support FP2020’s efforts to improve the enabling environment for family planning. It measures both the existence of family planning policies and program implementation, using 35 individual scores organized under five dimensions: strategy, data, quality, equity, and accountability.

Strategy: What plans are in place? Do they include important elements (e.g. quantified objectives, focus on vulnerable populations, etc)? Is there Government support for FP?

Data: Focused on both data collection (service statistics, monitoring sub-groups, etc), and data use to inform decisions.

Quality: Do services meet WHO standards? Are quality of care indicators monitored? Are there structures in place to support quality services?

Accountability: Focused on monitoring and addressing issues related to coercion and denial of services and ensuring voluntarism and informed choice.

Equity: Focused on issues related to policies and programmatic issues related to discrimination, efforts to reach under-served groups, and wide-spread access to FP methods.

First undertaken in 2014, the NCIFP built on the long-standing National Family Planning Effort Index (FPE). A second round of data collection was conducted in 2017 to assess current national FP program status and changes since 2014. The data are intended for policy and planning use by each country’s FP stakeholders.

The NCIFP provides new and innovative data about key areas that are important to family planning, but, have not been well measured in the past. It represents an important step in pushing forward the FP measurement agenda.

How was the NCIFP developed?

FP2020’s Performance Monitoring & Evidence (PME) and Rights & Empowerment (RE) Working Groups provided oversight and technical guidance for the development of the NCIFP. Avenir Health’s Track20 Project led the data analysis. Results from the NCIFP’s battery of 69 questions and select questions from the FPE were analyzed, and, after several iterations, a final set of 35 items was chosen to comprise the NCIFP scores.

What does the NCIFP tell us?

The total score for the NCIFP is the average of the 35 individual scores for each country. The overall score, averaged across all countries (unweighted), is 65 (out of a possible 100) in 2017. This is up from the 2014 overall score of 53.

Looking at the five dimensions there is some variability, but less than was seen in 2014. Strategy continues to score the highest (74), and accountability the lowest (60). The greatest improvement has been seen in Accountability, up 21 points from 2014. The smallest change was seen in equity, which only increased by 4 points between 2014 and 2017.

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How can the NCIFP be used in country?

The NCIFP presents an opportunity for countries to engage in discussion around important issues related to strategy, data use, quality, equity and accountability. By looking through the aggregate and individual scores and benchmarking performance against other countries or regional averages the data can be used to highlight successes, and, areas that may require attention.

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This two-page brief gives an introduction to the NCIFP and includes a list of the 35 individual scores included in the measure. NCIFP Brief: About
This excel file includes all detailed NCIFP data by country, with a tab for each round of the NCIFP (2014 and 2017). 2017 NCIFP Data File
This report presents country results for the new 2014 National Composite Index for Family Planning (NCIFP), developed in support of FP2020 that scores countries across five dimensions: strategy, data, quality, equity, and accountability. 2014 NCIFP Report
This two-page brief gives an overview of global and regional NCIFP results. 2014 NCIFP Summary Results
This presentation gives an overview of the NCFIP, including information on how the NCIFP was developed, a summary of 2014 global and regional results, and examples of how the NCIFP can be used to promote discussion in country. 2014 NCIFP Summary Presentation
These two-page country briefs give an overview of key 2014 NCIFP results for each country, looking at overall scores, scores by dimension, and individual scores. All 2014 NCIFP Country Briefs
This interactive tool allows countries to explore their 2014 NCIFP results, and can be used to facilitate discussions among stakeholders about the results and potential action steps. 2014 NCIFP Interactive Discussion Guide