Situation Analysis is a procedure devised by The Population Council to assess the quality of reproductive health and family planning programmes. An assessment of programme performance is made through:
All SDPs in the country under study are either directly visited or sampled so the findings are representative of the national programme.
Key issues include the quality of services including: interpersonal relations, information exchange, choice of methods, technical competence, mechanisms to ensure continuity and the appropriateness of the constellation of services. The technique has been expanded to include not only family planning services but also STD/HIV services and other elements of reproductive health care.
The technique gives programme managers and staff direct and immediate feedback which can be used directly to improve service quality.