Knowledge, Practice and Coverage Tool

Publish Date: Revised June 2018
Author: Child Survival Support Project, Macro International, CORE Group, MCHIP, MCSP

The Knowledge, Practice and Coverage survey tool (KPC) is designed to be used for rapid small population household surveys for integrated programs that are linked to communities. It is a flexible tool that allows for surveys to be tailored to various technical areas and combination of areas, while maintaining standards for collection of information for specific interventions.

The KPC is a planning, monitoring and evaluation tool designed to help implementers of integrated maternal and child survival programs understand the health situation at a local level (such as a district or region) and measure progress toward program objectives. It can be used to assess whether intervention coverage varies across different vulnerable groups, and information with it provides an important input for decision making.

The tool consists of a background questionnaire; a generic protocol (which can form the basis for protocols for specific surveys); and eight technical modules:

  1. Sick child: acute respiratory infection, control of diarrheal disease, malaria, community case management
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  2. Malaria
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  3. Immunization
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  4. Maternal and newborn care
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  5. Pregnancy spacing and family planning
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  6. Water, sanitation and hygiene
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  7. Nutrition: infant and young child feeding; child anthropometry; and maternal nutrition
    Instructions
    Questionnaire
  8. Gender
    Instructions
    Questionnaire: Woman and Man

Each module contains questionnaires, indicators, tabulation plans and instructions. By selecting information from them, surveys can be customized to technical areas of a specific program.

For more information on implementing KPC surveys, consult the Rapid Household Survey Handbook (in both English and Spanish).

This tool was first developed by Johns Hopkins for the Child Survival and Health grants program. It has since been updated by Macro International, CORE Group, USAID’s predecessor Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, and MCSP. During the most recent revision process, authors consulted with the following tools and/or experts:

  • Demographic Health Survey
  • Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)
  • Compendium of Gender Scales
  • Live Saved Tool
  • Saving Newborn Lives (SNL)
  • MEASURE Evaluation
  • CORE Group
  • CCM task force
  • Feed the Future
  • WHO
  • USAID
  • MCSP