Data or information alone will not transform outcomes. Data, which are simple measures of characteristics of people and things, have little inherent meaning or value. Analysis of the data enables the identification of patterns, thereby creating information. Finally, the use of information to generate recommendations, rules for action, and behaviour change signifies the creation of knowledge that is used to make decisions and change human behaviour. The literature on health information systems in FP is replete with complaints of the neglect of existing information, yet remarkably little is known regarding the motivators behind the use of such generated knowledge to improve the use of FP services in many countries especially the low income nations like Nigeria. This study is therefore being conducted to bridge the knowledge gap. Through this study we hope to identify what determines if family planning information that is collected through routine data collection is acted upon or not. The overall goal of this research is to gain information that will improve use of family planning data and ultimately improve health care delivery and health outcomes
The study sample size of 400 respondents. (confidence limit of 95%; margin of error at 5%; population size of 20,000; and response distribution of 50%).
Study subjects include health care workers at both public and private health facilities, staff members of non-governmental organizations (NGO)/community – based organizations (CBOs) working on FP – related projects, staff of government ministries and agencies with oversight functions on FP services, member Lagos State Legislative House of Assembly (committee on health services), other relevant stakeholders and professional groups.
This will also be carried out as part of the study to key stakeholders for these to use the research findings to improve RHIS and advance FP outcomes in the state.
MEASURE Evaluation small grants project from the University of North Carolina, USA, on behalf of USAID.