A situational analysis is a systematic collection of data from various sources to inform understanding of the past and current status of a country’s family planning program, including an analysis of key problems and root causes to inform the development of a technical strategy.
The situation analysis can also assess the family planning program using a voluntary, human rights lens. This may involve quantitative and qualitative analysis of national policy and program documents and data from ministries, implementing partners and donors. If a country has a recent comprehensive review of the FP program, such as an end-line review from a past CIP, a country may prioritize areas or questions to explore based on gaps, areas of improvement, or opportunities noted in the existing review. The tool in this section provides guidance, frameworks and tools for both Step 3 and Step 4.

“In Burkina Faso, the roadmap began with a review of the previously written CIP.  ‘We made a summary of the state of the priority challenges by strategic axis, the challenges that have been taken up, the challenges that have been reduced, and the challenges that persist. We had a total of 19 challenges, of which it was estimated that 13 were reduced and six persisted.’ That was the starting point of the new process.”

Simplice Toe
PROMACO, Burkina Faso
Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit: What We Heard


Step 3 Activities

  • Activity 3A: Gather information on the current family planning context, programs, and resources
  • Activity 3B: Conduct information review, synthesis, and analysis
  • Activity 3C: Prioritize issues and analyze root causes