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
Why are C-section rates in private Indian health facilities unreasonably high? The providers’ view

Although the overall rate of caesarean deliveries in India remains low, rates are higher in private than in public facilities. In a household...

Journal article
Newborn resuscitation in Gombe State, northeastern Nigeria

This paper published by Josephine Exley, Nasir Umar, Sarah Moxon, Adamu Umar Usman and Tanya Marchant from the IDEAS project, the London School of...

Journal article
Ownership in Name, But not Necessarily in Action

Melisa Martinez-Alvarez’s commentary on the IDEAS-led research on scalability and sustainability of pilot projects in three countries.

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IDEAS Brochure

IDEAS Phase 2 is led by Dr Tanya Marchant and includes a team of more than 20 multi-disciplinary academic and professional support staff based...

Journal article
Early postnatal home visits: a qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to achieving high coverage

A paper co-authored by Yared Amare, Pauline Scheelbeek and IDEAS team members Zelee Hill, Joanna Schellenberg, and Della Berhanu and published in...

Research brief
A qualitative study of the scalability and sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria

Key findings show changes that were made to the VHW scheme to increase its sustainability in the 57 wards where it is being implemented to...

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...