The London Family Planning Summit (FP2020) set the goal of expanding family planning services to 120 million more women by 2020.
Family planning services are to be extended to these ‘additional users’, as well as sustaining services to the 260 million women who are already using modern family planning in some of the poorest countries of the world. Monitoring progress towards FP2020’s goals is hugely important. However, current metrics do not allow us to track this progress adequately.
We have developed a new set of tools and metrics that will allow us to improve our assessment of an organisation’s contribution to reaching additional users, in line with the FP2020 goal. This brief explains why this new approach is an improvement on the commonly used ‘first time user’ metric. We show how Marie Stopes International captures this information, and present data to illustrate the differences in approaches.