Skip to content


IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes.

Building on our prior work between 2010 – 2017, which involved testing the theory of change for improving maternal and newborn health put forward by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The IDEAS team is now carrying out research in six areas:

Latest from our research

Journal article
To use effective coverage measures in practice we need greater harmonisation and transparency

A systematic review, published in the Journal of Global Health, aimed to examine how effective coverage measures of life-saving interventions from...

Journal article
From Theory to Implementation: Adaptations to a Quality Improvement Initiative According to Implementing Context

Access to maternal and newborn care is increasing but due to the poor quality of care provided this doesn’t necessarily lead to fewer avoidable...

Journal article
Embedding Community-Based Newborn Care in the Ethiopian health system: lessons from a 4-year programme evaluation

This study was published as part of journal supplement on Reimagening health systems for better health and social justice in Health Policy and...

Journal article
How health care workers choose their jobs: a discrete choice experiment in Ethiopia

This study unlike many others, which interview doctors or medical students,  aimed to understand job preferences of lower-skilled cadres such as...

Journal article
Can quality improvement programmes affect health care workers’ motivation?

A knowledgeable and motivated workforce is critical for health systems to provide high-quality services. Many low- and middle-income countries

Journal article
The health system has to be ready: introducing a new health service in Ethiopia

The Community-Based Newborn Care programme (CBNC) was introduced at district level in Ethiopia in 2014 in response to the country’s high...

Journal article
Improved antenatal care but postnatal care remains alarmingly low

The Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme encompassed nine components aiming to provide life-saving services to mothers and newborns....

Journal article
‘A seamless transition’: how to sustain a community health worker scheme

This paper, published in Health Policy and Planning, presents a qualitative study focussing on the Village Health Worker (VHW) Scheme’s...

Journal article
Health extension worker’s abilities to classify childhood illnesses don’t improve with OHEP intervention

The Dagu PhD student Theodros Getachew published this paper in PLOS ONE aiming to evaluate the association between the Optimising the Health...