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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
“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 NairobiĀ  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...

Journal article
Professional advice for primary healthcare workers in Ethiopia: a social network analysis

This study, authored by Kate Sabot et al and published in BMC Health Services Research, compares professional advice networks of healthcare...

Journal article
Effective coverage in MNCH: progress, future prospects and implications for quality health systems

This paper published in The Lancet Global Health and authored by members of the Effective Coverage Think Tank Group, lays out recommendations for...

Journal article
Evaluating efforts to increase primary child health services in Ethiopia

This protocol, authored by Della Berhanu and others, published in BMC Health Services, describes an evaluation of a complex intervention that aims...