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Improving coverage measurement

Because of challenges in measurement, progress can often only be tracked through the use of proxy measures, which increase the risk of inappropriate decisions being made in maternal and newborn health. This issue affects stakeholders around the world, particularly women and children who might benefit from life-saving interventions.

Working with global and national partners, IDEAS aims to improve the measurement of priority indicators for maternal and newborn health by testing the coverage estimates derived from multiple sources – including household interviews, service user exit interviews, last event interviews with health facility staff and review of facility records – against gold standard coverage estimates obtained by the observation of births. Further, our research involves developing and testing methods for linking data sources so actionable effective coverage measures are generated.

Published content

Journal article
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...

Journal article
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...

Journal article
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...

Journal article
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...

News
Critically examining quality-adjusted coverage measures

Improving coverage measurement continues to be a key area of ongoing research with the IDEAS team. Currently the team is working in collaboration...

Journal article
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...

Journal article
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...

Blog Post
Listening to Gombe Mothers

Feedback from patients about their experience of health care is a critically important step to improving quality of care.  But mechanisms for...

Journal article
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...