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Service franchising is a business model that involves building a network of outlets (franchisees) that are locally owned, but act in coordinated manner with the guidance of a central headquarters (franchisor). The franchisor maintains quality standards, provides managerial training, conducts centralized purchasing and promotes a common brand.

Research indicates that franchising private reproductive health and family planning (RHFP) services in developing countries improves quality and utilization. However, there is very little evidence that franchising improves RHFP services delivered through community-based public health clinics.

This study evaluates behavioral outcomes associated with a new approach – the Government Social Franchise (GSF) model – developed to improve RHFP service quality and capacity in Vietnam’s commune health stations (CHSs).

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