Policy and Programmatic Use of Demographic Health Survey Data



To improve family planning program development and policy decision making by using client data from the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) to answer specific national and organizational level policy and programmatic questions.


The policy manual and accompanying diskettes describe how DHS data can be used to answer specific programmatic questions about designing cost-effective and client-centered programs. The manual provides complete analysis plans for three selected questions on family planning method mix, mix of methods and services, and barriers to use of contraception.

Developed by:

The Futures Group International (TFGI) in 1995.

Intended Users:

For use at the regional, national and family planning levels by policy makers and managers and by computer programmers. Can be used by the following types of organizations: planning, management and research organizations; government agencies (e.g. Ministry of Health); non-governmental organizations; and donor agencies.


Ministries of Health in developing countries, university curricula, USAID collaborating agencies (CAs) and other donors. Used in Kenya, Peru, Ghana, Indonesia, and Morocco.


This analytic tool uses DHS client data that many countries have and shows how the data can answer important questions on method mix and barriers to contraceptive use.


Requires a computer with SPSS software and DHS data.

Recommendations for Users:

It is useful to emphasize a client perspective in family planning and health program development, and can be particularly useful to move away from macro perspectives and target-oriented planning.

Reports and Publications:

Report of the results available through TFGI.


Descriptive manual with analysis plans, tables, graphs and SPSS codes are available in English.


The Futures Group International
1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 775-9680
Fax: (202) 775-9694
E-mail: tfgi-dc@tfgi.com