Performance Monitoring for Action

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The Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) project is fueling a data revolution to guide family planning programs. Data are key to informing and driving policy and program changes around the world. High quality data — collected frequently, turned - around quickly, and locally owned — help decision makers understand what is working, and what is not, enabling decisions that are more sensitive and responsive to evolving needs.

PMA surveys collect actionable data on a variety of family planning topics that inform policies at national and sub-national levels. The project implements longitudinal surveys and a new cross - sectional panel design to fill a data gap — collecting information from the same women and households over time for regular tracking of progress and for understanding the drivers of contraceptive use dynamics – information that is not currently measured by other large - scale surveys. While having a core family planning focus, the data collection platform can be used for data collection that informs other health strategies. To date the platform has been used to collect data for guiding programs in abortion, maternal and child health, COVID-19, nutrition, water and sanitation, neglected tropical diseases, and primary health care.
PMA is implemented in nine countries in Africa and Asia. In each country, the surveys are implemented by local universities and research organizations,  simultaneously building capacity of country partners. 

In Ethiopia however, the PMA project operates under a separate grant and has a different scope and set of program objectives. The PMA Ethiopia project  is a survey project designed to generate data on a variety of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health (RMNH) indicators that can inform national and regional governments. The project implements cross-sectional and cohort surveys to fill a data gap—collecting information not currently measured by other large-scale surveys with a focus on measuring RMNH comprehensiveness of care services, and the barriers and facilitators to such care

PMA Global and PMA Ethiopia both employ technological innovation at every stage of survey collection to analysis, and dissemination, informing health policy and programming that better meets the needs of women and their families.

Overall direction and support of PMA Global and Ethiopia is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in partnership with national partners in each project country. Both projects, PMA Global and PMA Ethiopia, are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. PMA Global also operates in collaboration with Jhpiego. 

Program Countries

PMA generates high-quality, rapid turnaround surveys monitoring key health indicators in nine countries in Africa and Asia. Data is available open-source for research, program planning, and policy-making.