Research

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

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

Latest from our research

Journal article
Quality over quantity?

Do we need to pay more attention to the quality of health care visits over how many visits are taking place in low resource settings? Is it an...

Journal article
Six steps to prevent a development project ending in the graveyard

In reality however, in more cases than not, once donor funding dries up, the project comes to an end, thereby limiting the project’s longer term...

Research brief
Data-driven learning cycles and their impact on data use for decision making

The implementation partners are The Society for Family Health, SAQIP through a grant to PACT Nigeria and Evidence for Action through a...

Report
External Evaluation Report – DIPH Prototype Phase

The prototype phase pilot-tested the DIPH strategy and job-aids by bringing together key district-level data on inputs and processes from...

Journal article
Linking data sources for measurement of effective coverage in maternal and newborn health: what do we learn from individual- vs ecological-linking methods?

Methods We used data from Mayuge District, Uganda. Data from household surveys on access to SBA were linked to health facility assessment census...

Journal article
“It’s About the Idea Hitting the Bull’s Eye”: How Aid Effectiveness Can Catalyse the Scale-up of Health Innovations

With shrinking aid budgets around the world, oftentimes pilot interventions are funded for relatively short periods of time and need to prove...