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Workshop: Performance-based Incentives in Maternal Newborn Health: The Role of Quality

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Thursday, April 21, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts


On April 20-21, 2016, Harvard Maternal Health Task Force and the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project, in collaboration with USAID and the World Bank,  joined forces to bring together researchers, programmers, policymakers, and donors for a technical consultation on the state of the evidence of performance-based incentives (PBI) and the implications for quality of maternal care.  

As PBI programs and other strategies to increase utilization of facility-based care move forward, there is an ethical imperative to understand the quality of care being accessed by women and children in these facilities, and a programmatic imperative to understand the returns to maternal and newborn health of PBI investments in terms of both quantity and quality of care. This two-day workshop aimed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Share the state of the evidence on performance-based incentives from low and middle income-countries, especially as applied to the field of maternal health
  2. Review how PBI programs incentivize quality
  3. Identify existing indicators and methods for assessing quality
  4. Consider the effect of PBI programs on the health workforce, on patient experiences, and on health facility readiness
  5. Consider how the state of evidence can and should inform practice and policy moving forward
  6. Develop guidance for an implementation research agenda on PBI programs

Since 2012, TRAction Project has been a key player in developing the research agenda on the effect of PBI programs on quality of maternal care. TRAction has also been instrumental in advancing respectful maternal care, which encompasses women's experiences of care during pregnancy, delivery, and in the post-natal period. During the workshop, participants examined how PBI programs can increase rates of facility-based deliveries while simultaneously improving the quality of care that women receive in health facilities.

For more details regarding the workshop, please click on the following: Meeting Report

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