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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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.