Working with the Federal Ministry of Health and Ethiopia's regional health bureaus, FHI 360's PROGRESS project established eight fully functional Centers of Excellence (COEs) for the monitoring and evaluation of family planning. Woredas have been identified as the COE sites, which will serve as decentralized teaching and learning facilities to build the capacity of regional, district, and woreda monitoring and evaluation staff to collect, analyze and utilize health data for programmatic decision-making. An additional 24 woreda-based COEs are also being established.
PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.