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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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Measuring women’s experience of childbirth care

Valid methods for assessing women’s experiences of maternity care are essential to the global efforts toward providing positive childbirth...

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Operationalising effective coverage measurement

Estimating effective coverage of childbirth care requires linking population based data sources to health facility data. For effective coverage to...

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Inequalities in effective coverage measures: are we asking too much of the data?

This commentary by Josephine Exley and Tanya Marchant, published in BMJ Global Health reviews methodological constraints that limit measuring...

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Why data falsification happens

This qualitative study published in BMJ Global Health aimed to understand reasons why healthcare providers intentionally falsify maternal and...

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How context influences quality improvement initiatives

This study, published in BMJ Open Quality, aims to understand the influence of context on the choice of change concepts implemented by public...

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To call or not to call: comparing results from face-to-face surveys and mobile phone interviews

This IDEAS-led study, published in BMJ Global Health, analysed the validity of data generated through telephone interviews, when compared to data...

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Strong political leadership drives change

This paper, recently published in BMJ Open, sets out to quantify changes in the coverage, quality and equity of essential care for mothers and...

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To use effective coverage measures in practice we need greater harmonisation and transparency

A systematic review, published in the Journal of Global Health, aimed to examine how effective coverage measures of life-saving interventions from...