Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health



Families in Uttar Pradesh State have seen an increased number of contacts with frontline health workers. However, ensuring these contacts provide quality care to all families, regardless of socioeconomic background, remains a challenge.Dr Meenakshi Gautham, IDEAS Country Coordinator India

IDEAS is working Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal States with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners, the Public Health Foundation of India and Sambodhi, to answer four research learning questions. We are using multidisciplinary research methods which will provide a rich data source for funders, governments and non-governmental organizations working in maternal and newborn health in India.

Our findings will contribute to the gap in implementation research on what works, as well as why and how, to get life-saving interventions to families at scale using volunteer frontline workers, such as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), and skilled frontline workers, such as nurses and auxiliary nurse midwives.

Research in India

The research learning questions are based on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's theory of change to improve maternal and newborn survival. Hover on a star to find out about the research we are doing to answer each question.

Read more about our learning questions

Contextual data

We are collecting data on contextual factors which may affect health outcomes other than the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded innovations. These results will help in the interpretation of our study findings.

Capacity strengthening

The IDEAS Technical Resource Centre has supported implementation projects in Uttar Pradesh State by:

  • advising on how best to evaluate their work by helping develop evaluation frameworks including sampling protocols and analysis plans, as well as designing questionnaires
  • helping to place findings in the public domain by reviewing papers for publication
  • supplying materials from the published literature on technical matters
  • providing colleagues with on-line materials from the LSHTM teaching programme

Implementation projects

IDEAS works closely with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded projects implementing innovations to improve maternal and newborn health: