Evaluation of UNFPA Family Planning Strategy 2008-2013

EHG, in consortium with the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands (KIT), continued implementation of the 18 month long evaluation of UNFPA support to family planning on a global level (69 countries) and through 5 field country case studies and 7 desk-based country case studies. 

Family planning has been a long-standing focus for UNFPA, and is one of the priority areas in the strategies that govern the organisation’s work.  Guided by the programme of action from the 1994 ICPD and the addition of the MDG 5-b goal in 2007, UNFPA works strategically to promote family planning within a human rights framework and with attention to vulnerable and marginalized groups. 

Based on a several family planning strategy documents pertinent to the 2008-2013 period, the evaluation team attempted to reconstruct the Theory of Change (ToC) for the 2008-2013 strategy period.  This ToC was vetted with the Evaluation Reference Group and forms part of the approved inception report (http://www.unfpa.org/admin-resource/evaluation-unfpa-support-family-planning-2008-2013).  The team will use contribution analysis based on the ToC to identify changes in the field of family planning and UNFPA contribution to those changes.

As part of the data collection process the evaluation team visited five countries: Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Cambodia producing comprehensive country case study notes inclusive of detailed evaluation matrices.  The team also undertook desk-based country case studies in 7 countries and administered 2 online surveys in addition to conducting a plethora of key informant interviews, an in-depth literature review and an overall financial analysis of UNFPA family planning efforts.  It is anticipated that the final synthesis report will be submitted during the first quarter of 2016.