PMA2020/ Data for Decision Making, Spotlight on PMA2020 Uganda
Data for Decision Making, Spotlight on PMA2020 Uganda
This blogpost is part of an ongoing series that features examples of data utilization of PMA2020 data. This feature spotlights examples from Uganda.
As PMA2020 recently celebrated the 4th year anniversary of the project, it’s also celebrating increased institutionalization and data use in the countries where it operates. PMA2020 is a rapid turnaround survey platform that provides policymakers and stakeholders access to accurate data on various health metrics enabling them to track goals, monitor health programs and use data to support policy change. The use of mobile technology enables the collection of routine health data at faster time intervals than other large population based surveys –allowing policymakers to see nearly real-time trends in key indicators.
In Uganda, PMA2020 data have been welcomed by the national Ministry of Health and key stakeholders to enable tracking of progress towards national goals and commitments on family planning targets. Dissemination events for PMA2020 survey results have been drawing increasing crowds with each subsequent round of data collection. The dissemination of data from the 4th round in August 2016 drew over 60 participants from the government and key stakeholders including MOH, UBoS, USAID, UNFPA, PPDARO, RHU and various media outlets. In addition to monitoring progress towards the Ugandan government’s commitments made at Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) summit, the initial impetus of the project, a number of other examples illustrate how PMA2020 is currently being used by a variety of stakeholders in the country:
- The Uganda Ministry of Health has used data from multiple rounds of PMA2020 data to develop and contribute to key family planning policy and program goals for their Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) for the 2015-2020 period.
- The data have also been used to help assess progress being made by the national family planning agenda and program activities of the Uganda Ministry of Health.
- Health facility data on contraceptive method stock-outs are being used by the Ministry of Health to review and strategize different approaches to improving supply chain management and contraceptive availability at health facilities.
- PMA2020 data is a key data source in the annual performance management plan (PMP) meetings for tracking targets and goals of the CIP and the overall family planning policy agenda, thus contributing to policy formulation at the Uganda Ministry of Health.
- PMA2020 indicators will be a significant contributor to an electronic PMP, which FHI360 is helping design for the Uganda Ministry of Health.
- The urban family planning program (The Challenge Initiative, TCI) has committed to collaborate with PMA2020 to use the data to monitor program progress in Uganda.
- Students at Makerere University and other educational institutions around the world are using these data for their academic research, which will subsequently inform family planning programs