Novel approaches to measuring demand-side community perceptions and barriers to family planning via social network analysis in Ethiopia

Project: Research project

Project Details


This program will design, validate, and pressure-test the applications and limitations a mixed systems science approach to understanding social structures and dynamics that moderate the adoption of modern contraceptives in Ethiopia. The design will mine data from existing demographics and health surveys, andn will also collect primary qualitative and quantitative data about social networks, social norms, and social influence factors that may enhance or impede the adoption of modern contraception in Ethiopia. The results from this program will include a methodology tested and validated, social network data sets, and simulation models. Methods design will involve representatives from potential future users, currently involved in the design and implementation of demand-side family planning (FP) interventions, as well as in the measurement of performance for such types of interventions. The uses and limitations of resulting data, methods, tools and algorithms will be pressure-tested using system dynamics and/or agent-based modeling. Pressure-testing will also be enhanced by convening a small group of experts and practitioners to assess the usability and scalability of the methods and simulation models developed.
Effective start/end date12/1/159/30/16


  • Washington University in St. Louis (WU-16-197 // OPP1135005)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (WU-16-197 // OPP1135005)


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