The effectiveness of family planning programs evaluated with true experimental designs

Am J Public Health. 1997 Apr;87(4):666-9. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.4.666.

Abstract

Objectives: This paper describes the magnitude of effects for family planning programs evaluated with true experimental designs.

Methods: Studies that used true experimental designs to evaluate family planning programs were identified and their results subjected to meta-analysis.

Results: For the 14 studies with the information needed to calculate effect size, the Pearson r between program and effect variables ranged from -.08 to .09 and averaged .08.

Conclusions: The programs evaluated in the studies considered have had, on average, smaller effects than many would assume and desire.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Family Planning Services*
  • Humans