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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
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...

Past event
Health Systems Research 2022

This year’s HSR conference has the theme of Health Systems Performance in the Political Agenda: Sharing Lessons on Current and Future Global...

Past event
IDEAS webinar series: Part 3 Women’s experience of facility-based childbirth care in Nigeria

The WHO guidelines on positive pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care all emphasise the need to eliminate mistreatment and to promote respectful...

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...

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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...

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...