Janine Barden-O'Fallon

Janine Barden-O'Fallon, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Senior Technical Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health
Data for Impact Project at the Carolina Population Center
123 W Franklin St.,
3rd Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Dr. Janine Barden-O'Fallon has worked in the field of monitoring, evaluation and research in international health and development for more than fifteen years. She specializes in family planning and reproductive health, collecting primary quantitative and qualitative data, developing M&E tools and methodologies and providing technical assistance to global initiatives, government agencies, and organizations on the collection, analysis and use of information for program planning and decision-making. She served as Director of MEASURE Evaluation PRH, a five-year USAID-funded project, from 2009-2014.

Research Activities

-Leads quasi-experimental evaluation study for a multisectoral reproductive health, economic livelihood, agriculture, and conservation project in the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia, in collaboration with research colleagues at Jimma University.

-Reviews, assesses, and revises core family planning indicators, including as a technical advisor for the Performance Monitoring and Evidence Working Group of FP2030.

-Participates in research to assess patterns and implications of age disaggregation for family planning indicators included in national health information systems.

Service Activities

 - MCFH MPH Admissions & Awards Committee Member

 - International Steering Committee Member, International Conference on Family Planning

Practice Activities

Population & Reproductive Health Portfolio Lead for Data for Impact, funded by the United States Agency for International Development. 

Senior Research Associate at the Carolina Population Center.

Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Family Planning/Reproductive Health Indicators Database. The database has over 400 indicators and was developed with input from more than 150 experts in the field of family planning and reproductive health. It has had over 1.5 million visits since 2015.

Key Publications

Association of gender-related factors and household food security in southwest Oromia, Ethiopia: Evidence from a cross-sectional study. Hiruy H, Barden-O’Fallon J, Mitiku F, Millar L. (2023). Agriculture & Food Security..

Need for standardized measure of modern method availability: Assessment of indicators using health facility data from three country contexts. Barden-O’Fallon J, Ijdi R. (2023). Studies in Family Planning.
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Monitoring and evaluation of sexual and reproductive health programs. Barden-O’Fallon J, McCallum E. (2022). Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Oxford University Press..
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Return to pregnancy after contraceptive discontinuation to become pregnant: A pooled analysis of West and East African populations. Barden-O’Fallon J, Speizer IS, Calhoun LM, Moumouni NA (2021). Reproductive Health, 18(141).
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Routine Family Planning Data in the Low- and Middle-Income Country Context: A Synthesis of Findings From 17 Small Research Grants. Adamou B, Barden-O’Fallon J, Williams K, Selim A. (2020). Global Healh: Science and Practice, 8(4), 799-812.
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Evaluation of mainstreaming youth-friendly health in private clinics in Malawi. Barden-O’Fallon J, Evans S, Thakwalakwa C, Alfonso W, Jackson A.  (2020). BMC Health Services Research, 20(79).

Ebola-related complications for maternal, newborn and child health service delivery and utilization in Guinea. Pregnant in the time of Ebola: Women and their children in the 2013-2015 West African Epidemic. Barden-O’Fallon J, Brodish P, Barry MA (2019). Springer Publications.


  • PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1995
  • BA, Spanish / Hispanic Studies, St. Olaf College, 1993