Research and Further Analysis

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The DHS Program's in-house Research and Analysis team conducts rigorous, timely, and innovative mixed-methods research on topics related to global public health, demography, and social epidemiology. Our team also trains, mentors, and closely collaborates with fellow researchers and stakeholders who are driven to utilize DHS Program surveys and other survey data to inform programs and policies in various countries and contexts.

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Analysis Reports

Filtered by: "Fertility and Fertility Preferences"

Apr 2020

Using Health Management Information Systems Data to Contextualize Survey-based Estimates of Fertility, Mortality, and Wasting

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Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Health facilities/SPA surveys, Infant and Child Mortality, Maternal Health, Maternal Mortality, Nutrition, Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Sep 2019

Women's Contraceptive Profiles throughout the Life Course in Burundi and Nepal

This study uses sequence and cluster analysis to identify profiles that characterize women’s dynamic contraceptive use and pregnancy experiences by using 5-year, retrospective, longitudinal data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) contraceptive calendars.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Aug 2019

Regional Disparities in Fertility Preferences and Demand for Family Planning Satisfied by Modern Methods across Levels of Poverty

Research has highlighted disparities in family planning outcomes by wealth and by region separately.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences


Sep 2018

Consistency of Reporting of Terminated Pregnancies in DHS Calendars

This study examines the consistency of reporting of terminated pregnancies in DHS reproductive calendars.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences


Sep 2018

Methods to Estimate Under-15 Fertility Using Demographic and Health Surveys Data

Early childbearing carries serious risks to the health of both the child and the mother.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Youth


Sep 2018

Potential Implications of the Ghana and Nepal Follow-Up Studies for DHS Questionnaires and Fieldwork Procedures

Recent follow-up mixed-methods studies undertaken by The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program in Ghana and Nepal sought to better understand the reasons behind unmet need and barriers to contraceptive use.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Maternal Health


Aug 2018

Absolute Poverty, Fertility Preferences, and Family Planning Use in FP2020 Focus Countries

Broad gains in contraceptive access and use have been made in low-income countries over the past decade while poverty has declined, but the trends have been uneven.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Aug 2017

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Early and Later Adolescence: DHS Data on Youth Age 10-19

Adolescence is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood when many behaviors and events set the stage for adult health.

Topics: Domestic Violence, Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Youth


Aug 2017

Comparisons of DHS Estimates of Fertility and Mortality with Other Estimates

DHS surveys provide many indicators that are used for program planning and monitoring.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Infant and Child Mortality, Maternal Mortality


Aug 2017

Trends, Determinants, and Dynamics of Traditional Contraceptive Method Use

Millions of women worldwide use a traditional method of family planning for fertility regulation.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences