The objective of the survey was to collect data from populations in the urban project intervention areas and in suitable comparison areas. These data were used: (1) to monitor changes in the indicators specified in the USAID performance indicators between 2008 and 2011, and (2) to evaluate the contribution of the BSSFP project to any of these changes.
The Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (BSSFP) is a USAID-funded health and family planning program that aims to deliver family planning and a broad maternal and child health-focused essential services package of health interventions through a network of clinics administered by a series of NGOs. The BSSFP program is the successor to the NSDP program. It retains much of the basic delivery model and set of interventions (i.e. the range of family planning and health services offered) of the NSDP. The most important new feature of the BSSFP was a shift toward a franchise model with a more explicit self-sustainability/cost-recovery mandate. Specifically, user fees for services will provide a more central role in the financing of the BSSFP than had been the case with the NSDP.
The sample size was around 7,169 households including 5,739 selected households in urban project areas and 1,430 selected households in urban comparison areas.
The project was awarded by the MEASUE Evaluation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/USA and funded by USAID.