Performance Monitoring for Action

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Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning  and other health areas. 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 uses Open Data Kit Collect (ODK), an open-source software to collect data on Android smartphones. Data are collected at household and facility levels on an annual basis by a network of local female data collectors, known as resident enumerators (REs), stationed throughout the country. REs transfer data by phone to a central server using the mobile data network. Data are then validated, aggregated and prepared into tables and graphs, making results more quickly available to stakeholders. PMA can be integrated into national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems by offering a high-quality, rapid-turnaround survey platform that can be used for various health data needs.

The growth of information and communication technologies and applications in low- and middle- income countries present themselves as ideal tools for data collection and analysis of health statistics. PMA harnesses this innovative technological potential to develop a rapid, routine, high-quality  data collection system as a central component of the M&E system for family planning and other health indicators.

The program is 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. PMA employs 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 for PMA is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and Jhpiego. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Program Countries

PMA is designed to facilitate annual progress reporting in support of the goals and principles of FP2020 across nine FP2020 pledging countries: