Good family planning service delivery emphasizing both access and quality is key to the related goals of satisfying individual needs and achieving programmatic success. Situation Analysis (SA) provides a needed link between the manager and the client he or she is trying to serve. The data marshaled for SA offer a representative picture of how subsystems are working and provide a way to “see” the client’s experience. Situation Analyses assist managers in achieving the broadest management goal—that of efficient administration of a vital health care service while keeping in view the ultimate goal—providing good care for those who seek it. “The Situation Analysis Approach to Assessing Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services” handbook is a tool to help implement SA studies. Some of the sections are more valuable for policymakers and program planners, others for researchers, and still others for field interviewers. The handbook consists of four chapters: The Situation Analysis Study Methodology; Conducting the Study; Instruments and Question-by-Question Guides; and Data Analysis and Reporting.
Miller, Robert A., Andrew A. Fisher, Kate Miller, Lewis Ndhlovu, Baker Ndugga Maggwa, Ian Askew, Diouratie Sanogo, and Placide Tapsoba. 1997. "The Situation Analysis Approach to Assessing Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services: A Handbook." New York: Population Council.