Policy Analysis and Dialogues

Aiming to promote evidence based health strategy, policy making and programme implementation; the USAID’s RDM conducts a range of activities to communicate evidence generated through research to an audience constituting policy makers, experts in the area of MNCH, FP, TB management and nutrition for adaptation and reflection in national programme and policies. The activities include providing technical assistance to different national data-gathering exercises, conducting different need-specific situation analysis and secondary analysis of existing data, and organizing meetings/ discussion sessions/round tables to share generated evidence and findings with government and other stakeholders.

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Through RDM, icddr,b scientists and researchers are providing technical assistance to various national level surveys. This technical assistance incorporates support in developing survey methodology; reviewing, updating and testing data collection tool; monitoring and quality assurance in data collection; data analysis, report writing, and dissemination and policy discussions.

Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey 2016 (BMMS)
Prevalence of Maternal Morbidity in Bangladesh, 2016: A National Estimation
Bangladesh Health Facility Survey (BHFS)
Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS)

In order to produce evidence that may lead to informed policy making and programming, RDM carries out an array of country situation analyses, need-specific secondary analyses and desk reviews of known and new interventions that are shared with key stakeholders.

Identify determinants of stunting of children in slums using data from a birth cohort study
Secondary analysis on LARC use
Review of public Health Interventions, Policies and Implementation Research Priorities for Improving Nutrition of Adolescent Girls
Expert group meeting on how to improve PPFP use/LARCPM
Review of e-health programs targeting at adolescents/youth
Development of an inventory and review of the best practice models for improving quality of care
Two page summary report on National Strategy for Adolescent Health 2017-2030
Secondary analysis to understand the association between air pollution and adverse pregnancy outcomes
Assessment of Bangladesh national infection control policy implementation in public tertiary care hospitals, specialized chest diseases clinics and hospitals
Validation of Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) indicators for improving maternal health measurement capacity: A stakeholder meeting
Exposure visit to learn about the challenges of mandatory TB notification implementation
Consultative discussion on Improving the Maternal Health Program in Bangladesh: Key lessons from BMMS and BHFS
Secondary analysis of survey data (BDHS, BHFS, BMMS and BAHWS)
Environmental Enteric Dysfunction
Long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods (LARC and PM): Important programmatic point in the management of NCD among women
Assessment of feasibility of the social franchise model for health: Health Advisors.com
A resource website for climate change impacts on health and population in Bangladesh: Completion report

Independent Reference Group (IRG) is an independent platform formed to monitor and track universal health coverage indicators and measure progress towards sustainable development goals in Bangladesh. IRG is facilitated by RDM and comprises of evaluation specialists, project directors, scientists, research advisors, public health researchers, academics working in the field of health in both government and non-government sectors.

Independent Reference Group