The 3ie-IFPRI seminar series is designed to highlight innovative papers on impact evaluation and facilitate discussion of new impact evaluation research. The seminars are held on one Thursday of each month from 12:00-1:30pm at IFPRI’s Washington DC headquarters (2033 K St. NW). To RSVP to any event, please contact Julie Lang (email@example.com)
September 22: Effects of a Social Network Diffusion Intervention on Family Planning Use and Unmet Need in Benin
Speakers: Kim Ashburn, Georgetown University
Discussant: Sangeeta Mookherji, George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health
Conference room 7AB
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Abstract: Family planning use remains low over decades of investment in family planning programming in Benin. According to the most recent DHS (2011-2012), approximately 14% of sexually active or married women (aged 15-49) use any method of family planning, and of those, 9% use a modern method. To reduce potential social barriers to using family planning, a social network diffusion intervention was designed to promote community level discussion about family planning. A social mapping technique was employed to identify influential individuals and groups in the community who were trained and encouraged to initiate discussions about family planning in their community. We analyzed data from 2160 women recruited into the baseline and endline surveys. Women exposed to the intervention were compared to women who were not exposed to assess the effects on family planning use and unmet need. Coarsened exact matching was used to establish a control group of women who were not exposed to the intervention.