NFHS Policy Tracker

The National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) has provided critical data on India's health, nutrition, and population indicators. The Government of India (GOI) utilizes many of the NFHS indicators to formulate policies and track its progress. Since 2015-16, the fourth round of the NFHS (NFHS-4) became the only data representative at the district level for India. The fact sheets from the fifth round of the NFHS (NFHS-5) conducted in 2019-20 are now available for 342 districts from 17 states and five Union territories (UTs). We present an interactive dashboard that systematically allows multiple stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, donors, journalists, and researchers) to compare 55 indicators for 300+ districts in India. We also compare these indicators for 300+ Parliamentary Constituencies in India with the motivation to engage the Members of Parliament (MP) who are responsible for envisioning policy priorities for their constituents.


NOTE: Changes in indicators are represented as “reversed” (red color) and “improved” (blue color). Red color means that the situation of the district has reversed (e.g., percentage of stunting in Pune, Maharashtra increased from 22.4 to 30.7). Blue color means that situation in the district has improved (e.g., percentage of stunting in Palghar, Maharashtra decreased from 38.5 to 33.0). We further distinguished reversed as light/dark red and improved as light/dark blue. Districts with absolute changes higher than the median values among all reversed/improved districts were coded in dark red/blue, and those with changes lower or equal to the median values were coded in light red/blue. While rare, we considered light red when the indicator experienced zero change between NFHS-4 and NFHS-5, since no improvement can be regarded as not desirable.



The spreadsheet below provides users to customize data views using filters. To enable filtering click on the filter icon as shown in the image below:

Citation: Akhil Kumar, Weiyu Wang, Sojin Kim, Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim, Rakesh Sarwal, S V Subramanian. NFHS Policy Tracker for Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of India." Apr 2021. Geographic Insights Lab at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
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