The Right Time: An Evaluation of an Equity-Focused Reproductive Health initiative in Missouri


Project Overview


To provide evidence to inform action for The Right Time, an initiative that aims to improve reproductive health and rights in Missouri by expanding the availability of contraceptive services, improving access to quality information about contraception, and removing structural barriers to contraception.

Project Motivation

To improve reproductive health for Missourians through better contraceptive coverage, increased awareness of available services and rights, and enabling systems and policies.

Partners in Progress

Missouri Family Health Council, Power to Decide

Prepared For

Missouri Foundation for Health

Mathematica is evaluating on The Right Time to understand the initiative’s impact on increasing access to quality reproductive health information and services and creating legislative change related to long-term access to contraceptive services.
Principles of reproductive justice and equitable evaluation underlie Mathematica’s evaluation approach, which includes a mixed-methods design with four complementary studies related to monitoring, process, outcomes, and cost. (1) The monitoring study tracks progress in key indicators of the initiative’s outputs and outcomes based on the logic model. (2) The process study examines how implementation is occurring to understand specific approaches used, identify best practices of implementation, and support course correction as needed. (3) The outcomes study assesses the outcomes of the initiative, including changes in contraceptive care over time, changes in thoughts and behaviors about contraception, assessments of policy and environmental changes, and the initiative’s impact on maternal and reproductive health outcomes. (4) The cost study determines whether the benefits of the initiative outweigh its costs.

Related Staff

Jennifer Walzer

Jennifer Walzer

Survey Researcher

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Keith Kranker

Keith Kranker

Principal Researcher

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