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Understanding quality improvement

Quality Improvement (QI) is the term used for a group of methods that adopts a problem-solving approach to improve health worker performance through review of service delivery processes, planning for improvement and acting upon those plans.

QI is a part of several Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investments in low-income settings, including in Nigeria, Ethiopia and India. But little is yet known about how QI works through, for example, leadership, quality of teamwork, supportive supervision or organisational culture.

In Lagos, Nigeria our research aims to understand the way in which quality improvement in the public and private sectors is influenced by health system context.

In Ethiopia, IDEAS uses novel qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how QI approaches can influence health worker behaviours to improve care and how they affect both the delivery and the utilisation of services by patients. We also partner with the UCL Institute for Global Health on a multi-country project designed to understand how the Quality of Care Network operates at country level. Working with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), IDEAS applies a country case study approach to study the national and local level experience of the network to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in Ethiopia.

Published content

Journal article
Early postnatal home visits: a qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to achieving high coverage

A paper co-authored by Yared Amare, Pauline Scheelbeek and IDEAS team members Zelee Hill, Joanna Schellenberg, and Della Berhanu and published in...

Blog Post
10 Lessons From The BetterBirth Study

Over the last three years, the BetterBirth Program team at Ariadne Labs partnered with Population Services International, Community...

Blog Post
International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

Beyond human rights and ethics Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director, Maternal Health Task Force, noted that disrespect and abuse (D&A)...

News
Hiring a Research Fellow based in Lagos, Nigeria

The post-holder will have a PhD in public health or a closely related discipline, or equivalent demonstrated experience in research; demonstrated...

Blog Post
Improving Quality of Care is the Most Powerful Means to End Preventable Maternal Deaths

Cross-posted from the Maternal Health Task Force blog
Written by: Pompy Sridhar, India Director, MSD for Mothers   Our entire maternal health...