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.
NewsCritically 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 with the Child Health Accountability Tracking (CHAT) Technical Advisory Group, co-convened by WHO and UNICEF and supported by USAID, on a systematic review examining how...
Journal articleAdding Content to Contacts: Measurement of High Quality Contacts for Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia, North East Nigeria, and Uttar Pradesh, India
Families in high mortality settings need regular contact with high quality health services. This paper presents a method for estimating the population level coverage of high quality contacts.
ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Uttar Pradesh, India
Interactions between families and frontline workers – their frequency, quality, and equity – and coverage of interventions for mothers and newborns in Uttar Pradesh, India
ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Gombe State, Nigeria
Interactions between families and frontline workers – their frequency, quality, and equity – and coverage of interventions for mothers and newborns in Gombe State, Nigeria.
ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Ethiopia
The aim of this study was to estimate changes in maternal and newborn health care in areas of Ethiopia where implementation projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were operating.
Journal articleUsing 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 PostListening 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 articleHalf-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...
Research briefGombe MNH Partnership – Results leaflet in English
Research briefGombe MNH Partnership – Results Leaflet in Hausa
Blog PostFirst results from the Gombe State Maternal and Newborn Health Partnership
Together with implementation partners the Society for Family Health, the SAQIP project of PACT Nigeria and Evidence for Action Mamaye, IDEAS has...
Journal articleMeasurement 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 articleEffective 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 articleWhat 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...