IPUMS-PMA Overview

What is IPUMS-PMA?

IPUMS-PMA is the harmonized version of the international family planning survey series Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020). IPUMS-PMA codes variables consistently across countries and survey years to facilitate pooling, trend analysis, and comparative research. A free online web dissemination system allows users to define custom microdata extracts that they download for analysis. The web dissemination system includes harmonized variable-specific documentation, such as descriptions, question universes, comparability issues, and associated questionnaire text. Users can browse variables by topic, alphabetical order, or via keyword search. IPUMS-PMA is modelled after other IPUMS projects, which are familiar to thousands of academics and researchers worldwide.

IPUMS-PMA is a collaboration between IPUMS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the PMA2020 team at Johns Hopkins University.

What is Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020)?

The Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) surveys collect data from households, women, and service delivery points in 11 Family Planning 2020(FP2020) pledging countries. The goal of PMA2020 is to collect annual data for monitoring key indicators of family planning use, water access, sanitation, and health in participating countries. These data are designed to monitor progress towards FP2020 goals at low cost and with rapid turnaround using resident enumerators. Sampled households answer questions about their household composition, assets, and sanitation facilities. Women of childbearing age within the household answer additional questions about fertility preferences and family planning use. In the same enumeration areas as the households, PMA2020 enumerators survey knowledgeable staff from service delivery points about the type of family planning products and services provided at that location.

The first round of PMA2020 surveys were fielded in 2013 in two of the participating countries. As a relatively new survey project, PMA2020 will continue to develop over time and to refine its questionnaires to fill data gaps in the knowledge of family planning indicators in participating countries.

PMA2020 is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and executed by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University and their international partners.

For additional information about data collection protocol and PMA2020 data, please see the data paper produced by the PMA2020 team.

Countries included in IPUMS-PMA