Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health



How can data improve implementation?

“Why is use of the call centre so low?”

I’d been examining routine data collected by Society for Family Health, a local NGO working in Gombe State, Nigeria, for a couple of weeks and the message was clear: although families knew about the call centre which had been set up to give maternal and newborn health advice, they weren’t using it. Analysing these data with Society for Family Health staff, I knew they had worked hard to raise awareness of and implement the call centre, so why wasn’t it being used?

Using the Research Impact Framework as a tool for reflection

Research impact and uptake are in vogue – UK universities are reflecting on how their impact case studies went down in the 2014 REF, an inaugural Research Uptake Symposium was held in Nairobi earlier this year, and many excellent toolkits are available, such as ROMA, that help guide researchers, advocacy and communications professionals to measure the impact of their work, not least to satisfy their funders’ requirem


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