IDEAS uses multidisciplinary research methods to provide a rich source of data for funders, governments and non-governmental organisations working in maternal and newborn health in India.

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:

Tracking progress

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.

Supporting local decision-making

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.

Fostering innovation sustainability

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.

Published content

Research brief
Introducing the Data-Informed Platform for Health

What is a Data-Informed Platform for Health? In low-resource settings the use of local data for health system planning and decision-making...

Journal article
‘The stars seem aligned’

A qualitative study of context on scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations in #Ethiopia #India & #Nigeria —...

Journal article
District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a feasibility study of a data-informed platform for health in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia

A study of the feasibility of using a data informed platform for health in a district health systems context in five districts of India, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Journal article
District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a case study of the potential of public and private sector data in India and Ethiopia

A study documenting the nature and type of data collected by the public and private health systems, data flow and sharing, use and inter-sectoral linkages in India and Ethiopia.

Journal article
District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a qualitative study in Uttar Pradesh, India, on engaging the private health sector in sharing health-related data

An assessment of the extent of maternal, newborn and child health-related data sharing between the private and public sectors in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, India; analysing barriers to data sharing; and identifying the key inputs required.

Changes 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

Journal article
Linkages between public and non-government sectors in healthcare: a case study from Uttar Pradesh, India

A study of the links between the public health system and two NGOs in Uttar Pradesh, showing frequent interaction and some reciprocity in information and resource flows, but weak participation in policy and planning.

Blog Post
Rough roads and rivers: getting institutional delivery services to women in rural West Bengal

“The greatest success of the Community Delivery Centres has been the decline in home births” – quote from Community Delivery Centre doctor...

Implementation pathway report: Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit, India, June 2015

The Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit was established to provide the Government of Uttar Pradesh with technical assistance in order to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health coverage and outcomes.