The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation Project

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Project Overview

The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project was the evaluation component of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI), a multi-country program in India, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal that aimed to improve the health of the urban poor between 2010 and 2015. The goal of the MLE project was to promote evidence-based decision-making in the design of integrated family planning and reproductive health interventions for the URHI.

MLE Program Design & Study Tools

MLE’s evaluation of the URHI identified reproductive health needs of the urban poor. Quasi-experimental longitudinal & repeat cross-sectional design was designed to show impact:

  • Across cities
  • Over time and
  • Among the urban poor

MLE Study Tools provided evidence-based findings to inform and improve the design of integrated FP/RH interventions.

  • Individual surveys with women and men informed how fertility desires and FP behaviors change over time.
  • Facility-level surveys revealed the availability of FP methods and quality of services.
  • Cost analyses identified effective interventions that use resources efficiently.

Relevant Resources & Tools

The work of MLE showed the importance of measuring impact evaluation through each stage of a program. Increased evidence on effective interventions forms the foundation for better policymaking and program design, as it creates an understanding of the difference between what happened with the program and what would have happened without it. The MLE Resources and Tools below can be used to design a more effective urban family planning program.