A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program provides a broad evaluation of the Title X family planning program since its establishment in 1970. The program successfully provides family planning services to its target audience of low-income individuals, but there is room for improvement. While the program's core goals are apparent, a secondary set of changing priorities has emerged without a clear, evidence-based strategic process. Also, funding for the program has increased in actual dollars, but has not kept pace with inflation or increased costs. Several aspects of the program's structure could be improved to increase the ability of Title X to meet the needs of its target population. At the same time, the extent to which the program meets those needs cannot be assessed without a greater capacity for long-term data collection.
A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program recommends several specific steps to enhance the management and improve the quality of the program, as well as to demonstrate its direct contribution to important end results, such as reducing rates of unintended pregnancy, cervical cancer, and infertility. The book will guide the Office of Family Planning toward improving the effectiveness of the program. Other parties who will find the research and recommendations valuable include programs receiving Title X funding from the Office of Family Planning, policy makers, researchers, and professional organizations.
Institute of Medicine. 2009. A Review of the HHS Family Planning Program: Mission, Management, and Measurement of Results. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12585.
|2 Overview of Family Planning in the United States||29-70|
|3 Title X Goals, Priorities, and Accomplishments||71-100|
|4 Program Management and Administration||101-144|
|5 Collection of Data to Measure Program Outcomes||145-170|
|Appendix A: Data Sources and Methods||183-190|
|Appendix B: Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs||191-196|
|Appendix C: Title X Family Planning Program Regulations||197-214|
|Appendix D: Program Guidelines for Project Grants for Family Planning Services||215-250|
|Appendix E: Family Planning Program Assessment Rating Tool||251-266|
|Appendix F: Committee Site Visits||267-284|
|Appendix G: *Family Planning Annual Report* Data Elements||285-294|
|Appendix H Summary of Previous Title X Evaluations and Reviews||295-300|
|Appendix I: Title X and OPA-Funded Research||301-342|
|Appendix J: Organization, Funding, and Management of the Title X Program||343-406|
|Appendix K: Measurement of Quality in the Title X Family Planning Program||407-458|
|Appendix L: Committee and Staff Biographies||459-468|
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