Working with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners and using multidisciplinary research methods, our findings on what works, why and how aims to close the gap in implementation research on how to get life-saving interventions to families at scale.
In India, our research focusses on:
Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, IDEAS produces a biannual maternal and newborn health dashboard. This dashboard will highlight progress against targets for coverage of a core set of 15 evidence-based interventions along the continuum of care by 2020 in the Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
In the state of West Bengal, India, IDEAS will build upon the experiences and lessons of the prototype phase of the Data-Informed Platform for Health (DIPH). The DIPH aims to strengthen health systems by supporting the use of local data for decision-making, priority-setting and planning at the district health administration level. The DIPH brings together key district-level data on inputs and processes and so facilitates the appraisal of maternal and newborn health services and programmes.
This prototype phase was implemented in two districts of the state – North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas – but now it will be adapted for implementation across the entire state of West Bengal with a population of over 90 million people. Through to 2020, we plan capacity-building workshops at six-monthly intervals at the division level for DIPH district implementers and stakeholders. Guidance and technical support will also be provided by IDEAS upon request to DIPH district implementers.
IDEAS carries out qualitative studies to assess what happens in the long term to donor-funded maternal and newborn health innovations that are scaled-up – and how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors can take steps to foster sustainability.
This work will generate important new knowledge on sustaining health programmes in low-income settings, building on previous IDEAS studies of scale-up and the work of other academics supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It responds to the foundation’s commitment to seeing health investments scaled-up in terms of both geography and longer-term legacies.
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
ReportExternal Evaluation Report – DIPH Prototype Phase
The prototype phase pilot-tested the DIPH strategy and job-aids by bringing together key district-level data on inputs and processes from...
NewsExternal evaluation report of the DIPH prototype phase
The evaluation aimed to understand the mechanisms and processes of the DIPH strategy for inter-sectoral data sharing and data-informed...
Journal articleContextual factors in maternal and newborn health evaluation: a protocol applied in Nigeria, India and Ethiopia
We define “context” as the background environment or setting of any program, and “contextual factors”as those elements of context that...
Blog PostImproving 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...
NewsWelcome to the new IDEAS website
The IDEAS project aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice in...
Blog PostTaking stock – Seven years of IDEAS
A team of about 20 researchers and professional support staff, employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, set off to find out...
ReportInformed Decisions for Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health 2010–17 Report
Back in 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle developed a new strategy for the coming years, outlining how they might achieve...
Blog PostYour guide to the Data-Informed Platform for Health
In low-resource settings the use of local data for health system planning and decision-making is often limited. What data there is may be of...
ReportDIPH Monitoring Report – Diamond Harbour, West Bengal – Cycle 3: September 2016 – March 2017
The third monitoring report on the DIPH prototype in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal