PMA uses innovative mobile technology to support high-quality, rapid-turnaround surveys monitoring key health and development indicators that may be used to inform health policy and programming decisions.

PMA collects a nationally representative sample of data from households and service delivery points in selected sentinel sites, to estimate health indicators on an annual basis in nine pledging FP2020 countries.

Surveys are completed and uploaded to a central server via a mobile data network, cleaned and analyzed. Results are disseminated shortly after.

PMA questionnaires capture information on many key family planning indicators including demand and utilization, as well as new unique measures of access, choice and quality of family planning information and services; and other health indicators.

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A detailed chart of how the data is acquired


The PMA platform collects data that are comparable across all program countries and consistent with existing nationally representative surveys. To accomplish this, PMA developed standard household, female, service delivery point, and client exit interview questionnaires. These standard questionnaires are reviewed and modified prior to program launch in each country, to ensure questions are appropriate to each setting. Country-specific questions are also added that reflect programmatic priorities for stakeholders.

Below are links to standard questionnaires that include a set of core questions that are adapted prior to data collection to be country and round-specific.

PMA Questionnaires

Female Questionnaire

Household Questionnaire

Service Delivery Point (SDP) Questionnaire 

Client Exit Interview Questionnaire

Sampling Overview


PMA uses a two-stage cluster design with typically urban-rural and major regions as the strata. A representative sample of enumeration areas (EAs) are drawn from a master sampling frame covered, usually provided by the national statistical agency in each country. Ahead of data collection, households, and key landmarks in each EA are listed and mapped by resident data collectors. Within each EA at baseline, a random sample of households is selected. The survey aims to include a sample size that would allow analysts to calculate a national estimate for all indicators, including calculating the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. The target sample assumed an expected number of eligible women per household and accounted for non-response rates and loss to follow-up. At baseline, all resident eligible females are contacted and consented for interviews. Up to three private SDPs within the EA were also selected for interviews along with the public health posts, district hospitals and regional hospitals serving the EA.

Survey Protocol Documents

PMA2020 General Sampling Strategy Memo >> A summary of PMA2020's general survey sampling strategy including survey sampling assumptions and selection. Available in English and French

PMA2020 Service Delivery Point Sampling Memo >> A summary of PMA2020's general survey sampling strategy including survey sampling assumptions and selection. Available in English and French

PMA2020/Nigeria Sampling Memo >> Summarizes the overall survey design and sample size calculation method of last section provides methods regarding post-stratification weights to calculate national-level estimates, unique for Nigeria PMA2020. Available in English

PMA2020 Segmentation and Supplementation Memo >> General guidelines on when segmentation and supplementation should be used. Available in English

PMA2020 Weights Memo >> A summary of the creation of PMA2020 household and female weights. Available in English


Dataset Codebooks

Download the Household and Individual Female Dataset Codebook.

Download the Service Delivery Point Dataset Codebook

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IPUMS-PMA harmonizes the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) data series. It provides an interactive web dissemination system for PMA data with variable documentation on hundreds of harmonized variables on family planning, water and sanitation, and menstrual hygiene management. IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context. Data and services available free of charge.