A high priority for the Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination is to make available to the research community datasets created by Guttmacher Institute researchers. These datasets span the range of topics in the area of sexual and reproductive health. Over time, we hope to make available data from surveys of reproductive health care providers and clients, both female and male, from the U.S. and other countries. The datasets listed below are those that are currently available. Others will be added to this list and publicized when they are prepared for public use.
Researchers may also wish to access the Guttmacher Data Center, which allows one to build and download customized data tables and maps at the state and national level for the U.S. and for several other countries.
The 2014 Abortion Patient Survey was the Guttmacher Institute’s fifth in a series and uses a design and questionnaire similar to the four earlier studies, which were conducted in 1987, 1994–1995, 2000–2001 and 2008. The data are from a nationally representative sample of women obtaining non-hospital abortions in 2014. A total of 8,380 abortion patients provided information about the demographic characteristics of age, race and ethnicity and educational attainment, as well as contraceptive use in the month they became pregnant, health insurance coverage during the time period of the abortion, how they were paying for abortion services, foreign-born status, and how long ago they made the appointment.
The Continuity and Change in Contraceptive Use study assessed contraceptive use patterns in the United States by collecting data from a nationally representative probability sample of more than 4,600 women who were aged 18–39 at baseline. Women completed four online surveys (one every six months) between 2012 and 2014. The longitudinal data collected allow examination of patterns of contraceptive use and a wide range of issues that inform those patterns, including pregnancy motivation, life events, relationship dynamics and access to health care.
The Uganda Post-Abortion Care Costing Study includes data on 1,338 women who received postabortion care at health facilities across Uganda in 2011–2012. Data were collected from the women themselves, each patient’s principal postabortion care provider and the Ministry of Health. The dataset includes information on women’s individual and household socioeconomic characteristics and the type and cost of treatment they received, as well as how their abortion complications affected children in the household, productivity (of the respondent and other household members) and economic circumstances.
(Community-based Survey of Zambian Women)
This survey is one of eight surveys conducted in Zambia and Nigeria that explore how HIV status relates to attitudinal and behavioral measures regarding HIV services and fertility preferences. This dataset comes from a community-based survey of 1,441 Zambian women aged 18–49 who were surveyed in 2009 and 2010. Information collected includes fertility desires, HIV status, pregnancy intention, current and previous pregnancies, family planning use, current and past sexual activity, past abortions, attitudes toward and knowledge about HIV, and use of HIV services. The other seven surveys within this project on HIV and fertility desires include information on male and female populations in Nigeria and Zambia collected in communities and at health facilities.
We plan to make the datasets for the other seven surveys publicly available in the near future.
The Guttmacher Institute has a long history of studying U.S. publicly funded family planning clinics and conducting sample surveys to better understand and document the clinic network’s range of service delivery practices and the challenges it faces. These data are from a survey of a nationally representative sample of publicly funded family planning clinics conducted in 2010–2011, and are both an extension of earlier surveys and an investigation of new topic areas relevant to the provision of clinic services today.
(“Fog Zone” study)
This survey was the first of its kind to focus in depth on the attitudes and behavior of unmarried young adults regarding pregnancy planning, contraception, and related issues. Commissioned by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, the survey gathered detailed results from a nationally representative probability sample of 1,800 unmarried men and women aged 18–29. The survey includes information on awareness of and knowledge about the various types of available birth control, information sources, the pervasiveness of popular myths and misconceptions and the frequency of contraceptive use. The study also gathered data on sexual relationship and pregnancy experiences.
The 2008 Abortion Patient Survey was the Guttmacher Institute’s fourth in a series and used a design and questionnaire similar to those for three earlier studies, which were conducted in 1987, 1994–1995 and 2000–2001. The data are from women obtaining abortions at a nationally representative sample of health facilities in 2008. A total of 9,493 abortion patients at 95 facilities provided information about demographic characteristics, contraceptive use in the month they became pregnant, health insurance coverage, how they were paying for abortion services, foreign-born status, happiness about the current pregnancy, knowledge about the pregnancy, abortion-related stigma, and other topics.
Data from the Protecting the Next Generation: Understanding HIV Risk among Youth study in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda project are available to the public. The different data sets for each country and their timing are described below. Requests for data files must be accompanied by a completed Data Access form. Data Request Form and below. Survey data are available for download or online data analysis from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.