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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

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...

Journal article
Measurement and accountability for maternal, newborn and child health: fit for 2030?

This commentary, published in BMJ Global Health and authored by participants of a 2020 meeting in Nairobi  sees the greatest opportunity now for...

Journal article
Effective coverage in MNCH: progress, future prospects and implications for quality health systems

This paper published in The Lancet Global Health and authored by members of the Effective Coverage Think Tank Group, lays out recommendations for...

Journal article
What influences women’s choice of place of delivery?

The study published in BMJ Global Health and authored by Nasir Umar and others is based on a discrete choice experiment following a comprehensive...

News
Measurement and accountability for maternal, newborn and child health: preparing for 2030

During the two day meeting colleagues from around the world aim to examine the measurement practises that support the reproductive, maternal,...