The Contraceptive Autonomy Study

The Contraceptive Autonomy Study began in 2017 as a collaboration between the Women and Health Initative at Harvard,  the Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna (CRSN) and the Institut Supérieur des Science de la Population (ISSP) in Burkina Faso.  

The goal of this mixed-methods project is to develop multi-dimensional new family planning indicators that measure women’s autonomy and rights in the provision of family planning services, rather than simple contraceptive uptake or method use. This project uses a reproductive justice framework that incorporates an analysis of the structural factors that mediate women’s ability to have the families they want (including but not limited to sexism, racism, and postcolonial power dynamics).

Findings related to this project can be found in Social Science and Medicine and Studies in Family Planning.

This project has been generously funded by grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the University of Heidelberg, the Society of Family Plannning Research Fund and the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center. 

Screenshots of novel survey questions from our CAPI system