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FY 2004 - Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreement Grants

OPA Announces Family Planning Research Cooperative Agreement Grants

Following are the three family planning research projects that were recipients of OPA cooperative agreement awards:

Family Planning Needs and Services in the United States

Grantee Organization:
The Alan Guttmacher Institute
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Principal Investigator:
Jennifer Frost, DrPH
Project Period: 09/30/2004 - 09/29/2009

Project Description: The goal of the proposed project is to provide core information and analyses that program planners and providers can use to improve the delivery of quality family planning services, and through this, to increase the success with which U.S. women and their partners prevent unplanned pregnancies. This project will use existing national-, state-, and county- level data, and collect new data when necessary, to answer the following questions: How many women in the United States are in need of subsidized family planning services? To what extent is this need being met? How well are these women being served? What challenges are posed by an increasingly diverse population base? How is financing for family planning changing? What return do we get for our investment in publicly funded family planning services? These data will allow programs to be monitored and services to be adjusted to ensure that those who need and want subsidized family planning and related preventive reproductive health services are able to obtain them.

Child Trends/OPA Cooperative Agreement for Family Planning Research

Grantee Organization:
Child Trends
4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 100
Washington, DC 20008
Principal Investigator:
Jennifer Manlove, Ph.D.
Project Period: 09/30/2004 - 09/29/2009

Project Description: The aim of this project is to examine family, individual, peer, partner, and community factors to better understand sexual experience and activity, contraceptive use and effectiveness, unintended childbearing and unmet family planning service needs. In addition, studies are planned of non-voluntary sexual experiences, the male role in reproductive health decisions, and parental involvement on important reproductive health matters. These analyses will help clinic staff identify those most in need of services and provide insights into how to implement challenging family planning policy initiatives. The project will comprehensively analyze relevant data from several national data sources (National Vital Statistics System; Youth Risk Behavior Survey; National Survey of Family Growth; National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health or Add Health; National Survey of Adolescent Males; and National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997). Research products in the form of Research Briefs and Fact Sheets will be made available.

Strengthening the Capacity of Family Planning Agencies to Improve the Quality of Family Planning Services: Cooperative Agreement for Research to Improve the Delivery of Family Planning Services

Grantee Organization:
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
2007 E. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Principal Investigator:
Freya Sonenstein, Ph.D.
Project Period: 09/30/2004 - 09/29/2009

Project Description: The proposed project, which addresses a significant gap in our knowledge about quality of family planning services in this country, will be conducted by a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with a small network of Title X grantees. The project has the following aims: to develop approaches that assess the quality of service delivery; to develop a toolbox of approaches to improve quality of services; and to test interventions aimed at quality improvement. The emphasis is on developing:

  1. feasible and practical approaches to measuring quality of care in Title X clinics with attention to client-provider interactions;
  2. a demonstration network that could help develop a research infrastructure among Title X grantees; and
  3. dissemination processes that promote science-based practices. Serving a mix of clients, including individuals with limited English proficiency, varying ethnic and racial identities, and men as well as women, the network of agencies will make it possible to test approaches to measure and improve services for diverse populations with varying needs.