Measuring Social Accountability and Health Outcomes
Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is committed to the goal of reaching 120 million women and girls with family planning services by the end of this 2020. The global community has made great progress toward the FP2020 Goals; since FP2020 was launched in 2012, 53 million more women across 69 countries are using modern contraceptives. To reach the FP2020 Goals and to position countries to keep their commitments to support and advance women’s reproductive health, accountability mechanisms are critical.
At the community level, social accountability practices have been effective in promoting improvements and upholding quality standards in primary health care services . However, to sustain social accountability in a government’s on-going commitment to respond to reproductive health needs, they must have the capacity to maintain social accountability mechanisms that work at a national scale. To achieve this capacity, stakeholders must know how to measure social accountability systems, be able to identify where gaps exist, and know where to look for system components and environmental factors to address those gaps. The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development Project (HEARD) is supporting researchers to identify monitoring approaches, institutionalization assessments, and reporting processes that support national-level duty bearers and global stakeholders to advance stronger social accountability systems and practices.