The diffusion of scientific knowledge on family planning behavior: when, where, how and by whom is research being done?

Aasli Nur, University of Washington
Aliakbar Akbaritabar, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR)
Maria Vignau Loria, University of Washington
Noah Coolman, University of Washington
Xinguang Fan, Peking University
Sara Curran, University of Washington, Seattle

Our study reviews published literature about the determinants of family planning, specifically studies that examined contraceptive use, non-use, and unmet need. We sought to understand the state of knowledge in the field, particularly as it relates to when, where, how and by whom that knowledge is produced. As part of a larger project seeking to understand universal access in FP2020 countries, our comprehensive scoping review identified all articles published between 2000-2016 that sought to provide insights about family planning in the 69 FP2020 countries. To complement our systematic review of the data, we used bibliometric tools and techniques to identify authors’ institutional and national affiliations as well as their citation counts in the short and long term. Our assessment offers startling insights on the state of knowledge in the field, especially with regard to how the scientific community produces and disseminates research, and ultimately shapes our understanding around the determinants of family planning behaviors.

Keywords: Family planning and contraception, Cross-country comparative analyses, Methodology, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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  Presented in Session P4.