Since 2015, PSI has been using and sharing analyses that show family planning use, need and method mix among different health equity profiles. PSI’s Modern Contraception Use/Need Explorer Tool is designed to facilitate these analyses, to explore gaps in contraceptive use for different population groups and reveal market potential in a country. PSI and many country-level stakeholders have found the Use/Need Explorer tool useful for better understanding a market because, in addition to showing percentages of populations affected, the approach provides absolute numbers for use and unmet need among different populations. This kind of segmentation helps plan for scale and more accurately target potential users who are being left out of a market.
Please see “External Resources” listed below to find other valuable tools available for analyzing population surveys and health markets.
By applying demographic survey data to population estimates, we can see absolute numbers of those with a need for modern contraception, for example, and can better understand the scale of the potential market. Looking at the use and need numbers by demographic group allows us to identify gaps in equity.
Fill out the form below to download the Explorer Tool so that you can:
-Understand where a country’s use/need profile fits by market type
-Explore your country’s contraceptive coverage gaps
What are use and need for modern contraception?
Use: The number of currently married and unmarried sexually active women of reproductive age (15−49 years) using modern contraceptives. Also reported as the percent of women using modern contraceptives within the “need” population.
Need: The total number of currently married or sexually active unmarried women who are fecund and do not want to become pregnant in the next two years. This includes modern method users, traditional method users and women with an unmet need for contraception.
How do we use Use/Need to pinpoint who the market is failing?
PSI employs Use/Need to help stakeholders see scale and to help marketers frame the question: Who is the market failing? Use/Need allows us to see who is being failed by the market by examining subgroups in a population based on multiple lenses: age, marital status, residence, sub-national geography, and wealth.
The Use Need reports have been shared widely with stakeholders in countries such as Senegal, where the analysis lead to numerous stakeholder consultations, as well as Ghana, Ethiopia and many other countries seeking to better respond to critical gaps in FP market coverage.
To download the Modern Contraception Use/Need Explorer Tool, please fill out the form below.
The Modern Contraception Use/Need Explorer Tool was developed with the generous financial support of several donor partners, including USAID made possible through the SIFPO2 project (AID-OAA-A-14-00037).
- Commodity Gap Analysis- This interactive report from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition explores current spending on FP commodities and project future contraceptive use and costs to 2030. www.rhsupplies.org/cga/
- Private Sector Counts- This interactive data visualization tool by SHOPS Plus provides contraceptive source data for distinct population segments to help design programs and policies using a total market approach. www.privatesectorcounts.org
- FP Market Analyzer- This tool, developed by SHOPS Plus, combines DHS survey data and user projections to explore the current picture and implications of changes to method and/or source mix. www.fpmarketanalyzer.org
- TMA Projection Tool- This tool, developed by HP+, estimates the financial and health equity impacts if the commercial family planning sector grows, making the case for TMA by projecting cost savings and additional users reached. www.healthpolicyplus.com/TMAProjectionTool.cfm
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Anyone interested in analyzing our data, publishing their findings in written works, or presenting them at a conference is required to submit a Data Use & Authorship Proposal. In the proposal, users agree to abide by a pledge of confidentiality, stipulations for data use and authorship guidelines. More on our data use and authorship policies.