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
“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...

Journal article
Contextual factors in maternal and newborn health evaluation: a protocol applied in Nigeria, India and Ethiopia

We define “context” as the background environment or setting of any program, and “contextual factors”as those elements of context that...

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

This exploratory study seeks to understand the factors that will contribute to the sustainability of the Village Health Workers Scheme as...

Report
Gombe Girls: Public Engagement Case Study

  Girls participating in the engagement activity visit a maternity ward . Photo Credit: Rhys Williams Project aims · To stimulate the interest...

Report
Community Based Newborn Care in Ethiopia: Quality of CBNC programme assessment Midline Evaluation Report March 2017

The results of a quality of care assessment of the Ethiopian Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme, conducted in late 2015.