The Outreach programmes and activities spearheaded by the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) are informed by the research conducted by the Policy Formulation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit in the organisation. Research conducted by the NFPB, especially at the national level also guides aspects of national planning as seen with the creation of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan. Research by the NFPB also informs national population documents such as the Demographic Statistics Report produced by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) and the Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica (ESSJ) which is produced by the Planning Institute of Jamaica. As a result, this provides an understanding of Jamaica’s progress with global indicators of Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Below are a few of the main research activities of the NFPB.


NFPB Data Sheet

Total Fertility Rate in Jamaica


The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) for Jamaica has been declining since 1975. In 1975 Jamaica’s TFR was 4.5 and further declined to 2.5 in 2002. The TFR was 2.4 births per woman in 2008.

The Age-Specific Fertility Rate (ASFR) for adolescents in the 15-19 age group has been declining. The ASFR for this age group was 72 births per 1,000 women in 2008 when compared to 79 per 1,000 women in 2002. Total fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years. Continue Reading…


Field research

The Reproductive Health Survey

Every 5 years the NFPB conducts its Reproductive Health Survey which provides updates on the country’s progress regarding Reproductive Health indicators such as the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, the Total Fertility Rate, various Age-Specific Fertility Rates, the percentage of unplanned pregnancies and the percentage of unmet need for family planning among other important indicators.


Desk research

Information Packages

Every quarter the Policy Formulation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit disseminates information packages to Guidance Counsellors in High, Technical High and Primary and Junior High schools in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. The topics explored in these packages focus on aiding the Guidance Counsellors in imparting advice and guidance where Sexual and Reproductive Health matters for adolescents are concerned.


Policy Briefs and Papers

The Policy Formulation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit also develops Policy Briefs and Policy Papers throughout the year on important policy issues that the Board is considering at any given time. Their development is guided by pertinent Sexual and Reproductive Health issues in the country which inform the development of polices and highlights issues that need to be addressed.



Aside from policy briefs and papers, the Unit compiles research information collected from service delivery points to help inform policy decisions at the national level.