Four criteria to evaluate providers' service-delivery response to new contraceptive introduction

Eval Rev. 2007 Aug;31(4):364-90. doi: 10.1177/0193841X07301202.


This article presents an evaluation framework developed to assess the first-level effects of introducing the Standard Days Method (SDM) in Peru Ministry of Health clinics. Four questions are asked: 1) To what extent do providers routinely achieve SDM service delivery standards? 2) Is the time invested in SDM delivery consistent with program norms? 3) How does SDM delivery compare with delivery of established methods? and 4) How does SDM introduction affect delivery of established methods? A study at 62 clinics demonstrated the framework's usefulness. The Standard Days Method introduction had positive overall effects on the quality of care but provider training needed adjustments.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Contraceptive Agents / supply & distribution*
  • Data Collection
  • Family Planning Services / standards*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Peru
  • Pilot Projects
  • Public Health Administration / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care*


  • Contraceptive Agents