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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

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Health extension worker’s abilities to classify childhood illnesses don’t improve with OHEP intervention

The Dagu PhD student Theodros Getachew published this paper in PLOS ONE aiming to evaluate the association between the Optimising the Health...

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Embed capacity development within all global health research

This commentary, published in BMJ Global Health, aims to draw attention to the opportunity for capacity development within international...

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Routine health management information system data in Ethiopia: consistency, trends and challenges

The paper, authored by analysts from the ORCA project, made use of a WHO data quality review toolkit and compared data from the Health Management...

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Improving the use of focus group discussions in low income settings

This paper authored by Pauline Scheelbeek et al and published in BMC Medical Research Methodology describes how six exercises were used in 32...

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Using social media to improve routine data quality metrics

How is this all linked to social media? The study, published in BMJ Open, measured changes in data quality metrics before and after the...

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“There Is No Link Between Resource Allocation and Use of Local Data”

The study authors show that districts have a decision-making structure, including representatives of all relevant government departments, and...

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Half-way there: positive steps in maternal and newborn care in Northeast Nigeria

This IDEAS-led study, authored by Josephine Exley et al and published in BMJ Open, offers unique insights into the quality of care provided to...