Working with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners and using multidisciplinary research methods, our findings on what works, why and how aimed to close the gap in implementation research on how to get life-saving interventions to families at scale.
In India, our research focussed on:
The Data-Informed Platform for Health (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.
An initial prototype phase was implemented in two districts of West Bengal, India: North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas. Experience and lessons from this prototype now forms the basis for ongoing work on the DIPH in Ethiopia.
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.
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
ReportData Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) Monitoring Report – North 24 Parganas, West Bengal – Cycle 3: October 2016 – March 2017
A monitoring report for the third cycle of the DIPH prototype in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal
ReportData Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) Monitoring Report – South 24 Parganas, West Bengal – Cycle 3: November 2016 – March 2017
The third monitoring report of the DIPH prototype phase in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal