To monitor progress on their family planning goals and commitments, countries in the FP2020 partnership annually produced and reported estimates for FP2020’s 18 Core Indicators, which measured various dimensions of family planning usage and access. One of the challenges countries regularly confront in working with data is related to understanding uncertainty in estimates. Many family planning data sources publish uncertainty ranges around their estimates. Greater understanding of these uncertainty ranges will allow countries to better assess the precision of their data, understand changes in key family planning indicators, and evaluate whether country-level efforts (policies and programs) are resulting in progress toward their goals.

Brief & Graphic

Incorporating and reporting uncertainty ranges for our own estimates will improve data transparency and lend more credibility to our methods, which have improved since the inception of FP2020.

As part of the efforts to improve understanding of goal setting, this infographic illustrates the modern contraceptive prevalence (MCP) estimates for married women in a country from 2011 to 2020.