About Take Stock

We’re dreaming big. Take Stock wants to put an end to stockouts of reproductive health supplies. That means: fewer unwanted pregnancies, fewer unsafe abortions, less maternal mortality, healthier families and healthier economies. The world over.

Take Stock inspires the public health community to resolve stockouts of reproductive health supplies. Stockouts limit choice, put women and their families at risk, and disempower health workers and supply chain operators. Take Stock mobilizes public health leaders, facilitates the development of a common language we can all use to talk about stockouts, and gathers the commitments needed to spur real action.

Universal Stockout Indicator

Take Stock advocates that the reproductive health community adopt the Universal Stockout Indicator in order to answer the question: “how widely available is a client’s preferred method?” More concretely, the Universal Stockout Indicator measures the percentage of facilities stocked out, by family planning method offered, on the day of the assessment.

The universal indicator was selected because it is straightforward for a larger number of country programs to report on and does not require highly mature information systems or complex calculations. It promises to offer the reproductive health community the broadest dataset on stockouts that can be feasibly collected and tracked.

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At present, there is no single, standard way of identifying and measuring stockouts. Different agencies employ their own methods and indicators, which has exacerbated the problem of tracking and reporting on stockouts. The Universal Stockout Indicator will bring some level of alignment and harmonization in measuring and reporting on stockouts, and get everyone speaking the same language.

The Universal Stockout Indicator is the percentage of facilities stocked out, by family planning product or method offered, on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit). This point-in time stockout indicator is foundational. It is arguably the most reliable, feasible and easily understood.

Below is a table that includes the universal indicator, primary stockout indicators and additional indicators designed provide comparable data on stockouts. Each of the four indicator categories includes one primary indicator. If an organization wishes to collect indicators for a given category, we recommend they use, at the very least, that category’s primary indicator.

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Primary Indicator
A1 Percentage of facilities that offer each family planning product or method, reported by product or method

Additional Indicators:
A2. Percentage of facilities that are expected to offer each family planning product or method, reported by product or method

A3. Percentage of SDPs that are expected to offer each family planning product or method and have trained staff to administer it, reported by product or method

UNIVERSAL and Primary Indicator B1
Percentage of facilities stocked out, by family planning product or method offered, on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit)

Additional Indicators:
B2. Percentage of facilities stocked out at the end of reporting periods, averaged over a 12-month period (reported by family planning product or method offered)

B3. Percentage of facilities that offer the country’s most commonly used family planning product or method that are stocked out on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit)

Primary Indicator C1:
Percentage of SDPs that have at least three modern family planning methods (primary) and at least five modern methods (secondary/tertiary) available on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit)

** **In November 2016, this indicator will change to have methods for primary, secondary, and tertiary level SDPs (per FP2020 guidance).

Additional Indicators:
C2. Percentage of SDPs that have at least one modern family planning method for each method category available on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit), reported by method category

C3. Percentage of SDPs that have at least one modern family planning method for at least four of the six method categories available on the day of the assessment (reporting day or day of visit)

Primary Indicator D1:
Percentage of facilities that experienced a stockout according to the ending balance of any of the last three reporting periods, reported by family planning product or method offered

Additional Indicators:
D2. Percentage of facilities that experienced a stockout at any point during the last three months, reported by family planning product or method offered

D3. Average across facilities of the total number of days stocked out in the last three months, for facilities that experienced a stockout (reported by family planning product or method offered)

Take Stock Taking Action

An empty shelf is everyone’s problem, and everyone has a role to play in resolving it. Will you help make it happen? The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition launched Take Stock to galvanize effective, sustainable action to resolve the critical issue of stockouts of reproductive health supplies.

Take Stock is Taking Action:

  • Take Stock draws worldwide attention to the problem of stockouts, especially in the world’s poorest countries.
  • Take Stock shares the success stories from individuals, organizations and governments taking action to reduce the frequency, duration and scope of stockouts. Be Inspired.
  • Take Stock identifies and disseminates best practices from successful strategies for resolving stockouts. Learn more.
  • Take Stock showcases the commitments that RHSC members have made to resolve stockouts. Learn about the commitments of specific organizations.
  • Take Stock encourages the reproductive health community to adopt the Universal Stockout Indicator and report on progress resolving stockouts.

More information on stockout indicators can be found on the Resources page and on the RSHC website.