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Research

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
Has Ethiopia been successful in increasing health care utilisation for children?

Despite a range of programmes and initiatives introduced in Ethiopia since 2003 care-seeking for sick under-five children has remained low. The...

Journal article
Understanding what didn’t work: a mixed method process evaluation

The ‘Optimising the Health Extension Program’ was implemented between 2016 and 2018 in four regions of Ethiopia. It included community...

Journal article
“Everything is from God but it is always better to get to the hospital on time”

Zelee Hill and her co-authors aimed to identify facilitators and barriers for women to deliver their babies in health facilities in Gombe State,...

Journal article
Measurement and accountability for maternal, newborn and child health: fit for 2030?

This commentary, published in BMJ Global Health and authored by participants of a 2020 meeting in Nairobi  sees the greatest opportunity now for...

Research brief
Improving the quality of routine Health Information System data for better decision-making

The ORCA team analysed existing information from the HMIS and compared this with external sources of information, such as the Demographic and...