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Research and publications

Our research gives us the information we need to improve the way we deliver services. Read on for an overview of our research, monitoring and evaluation activities and publications.

Marie Stopes conducts different research activities such as:

  • Routine exit interview: a standard monitoring tool of Marie Stopes that assesses the profile of clients, their satisfaction with services and their experience in quality of care)
  • Menstrual Regulation using Medication (MRM) study: KAP of pharmacy workers & safety, effectiveness and acceptability of end users
  • Mystic Client Survey: a useful evaluation technique to determine how MS service providers greet, interact and counsel and to gain an understanding about the service delivery process from clients' point of view, different perspectives and priorities of different clients, how staff/service providers value their client by evaluating the service delivery factors, and the areas for the service providers to improve their customer service
  • Baseline surveys: for mapping and to know the project status
  • Midline surveys: to determine whether the project activity is in track or not
  • End line surveys: which helps in project achievement evaluation

On an ad-hoc basis, MS conducts some studies like exit interview data validation survey which is done by a external source annually. Moreover, MS conducts surveys about maternal and child issues, particularly maternal issues, in collaboration with Marie Stopes International (MSI).

Ongoing projects

The Research Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) department of Marie Stopes Bangladesh is working on several research projects with the collaboration of Marie Stopes International. Our ongoing projects are:

Using mHealth to Promote Post-MR Contraceptive Uptake and Continuation in Bangladesh

This study aims to develop and evaluate mHealth intervention to promote post-abortion contraceptive uptake and continuation among MR clients in Bangladesh.  The study will include both MVA clients and MRM clients. This study will be conducted with the collaboration of IPAS and BAPSA. 

Pathways to menstrual regulation outside of centers

This study aims to investigate the pathways of, and factors associated with, MR procedures outside of centers in Bangladesh. It aims to understand why women are not going to clinics for MR and are instead turning to unofficial methods and providers.

Pharmacy survey

This study aims to explore the current MRM provision practices among pharmacies, to find out the role of ACME for improving pharmacy MRM knowledge and provision practices, to discover the role of call centre for improving pharmacy MRM knowledge and provision practices and to identified the support to pharmacy workers want and need. 

Menstrual regulation with medication outside of centres (MRMOOC) in Bangladesh: Operational perspectives, safety and effectiveness

To assess the following aspects of MRM procedures in the MRMOOC programme in Bangladesh:

  • Effectiveness of the procedure
  • Safety of the procedure
  • Client perceptions of the MRMOOC procedure (acceptability and satisfaction)
  • Uptake of post-abortion family-planning (PAFP)
  • Level of knowledge/training of pharmacy workers who provide drugs for MAOOC
  • Counseling and follow-up mechanisms 
  • Client perceptions of the MSB call centre

Client Acceptability of Menstrual Regulation with Medication in Bangladesh

The aim of this study is to explore women’s experience of using the Combi-Pack regimen of mifepristone and misoprostol for MR in Bangladesh. The study also aims to gather evidence on the motivations and decision-calculus behind women’s’ choice of outlet for MRM services.

The specific aims of the study can be broken down into two separate components.

Component 1: Client acceptability of MRM from clinic providers

The first component of this study aims to explore the experience of women accessing MRM services provided by private/NGO clinics in Bangladesh. The study will assess women’s acceptability with the services they receive and will also explore the reasons behind their choice of provider. Acceptability is defined as the level of satisfaction experienced with the service received.

Component 2: Client acceptability of MRM from pharmacy outlets

In an effort to understand the complex interactions that determine women’s choice in outlet for MRM services, the second component of the study aims to explore the experience of clients who have accessed MRM through pharmacy outlets. As with component 1, client acceptability (as measured by level of satisfaction) will be recorded and reasons for choosing a pharmacy to access MRM will be investigated


Completed research studies

Marie Stopes Bangladesh has completed the following research and studies alongside Marie Stopes International: 

  • Baseline Evaluation on Saving Women from Unwanted Pregnancy & Unsafe Abortion (MR Plus) -2015
  • Exit Interview Survey - Jan-Mar 2014
  • Exit Interview Survey - April-June 2014
  • Mystery Patient Evaluation - 2013
  • Marie Stopes Exit Survey - 2013
  • Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) Study - 2013
  • Marie Stopes Clients’ Feedback Study - 2013 
  • Study on Marketing Strategy for Marie Stopes Bangladesh - 2013
  • Marie Stopes Exit Survey - 2012
  • Evaluation of Garments Worker Intervention under HIV/AIDS Program - 2011
  • MR Clinic Survey - 2011

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