Jo Ailwood and Stephanie Bengtsson on integrating early childhood services through care

Dr Stephanie Bengtsson and Dr Jo Ailwood have been involved in a teacher training research project in Zimbabwe since 2013. This talk looks at how to the concept of care can be used to integrate early childhood services. A mapping of age phases across sectors is presented and the meaning of the word ‘care’ is… Read more


Rosemary Morgan on gender in health systems research

Rosemary Morgan is a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this HEART talks video, she talks about the project she works on, ‘Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs): Building Stronger Health Systems’, and about the importance of making gender integral in health systems research. RinGs came about as a project… Read more


Education for refugees and internally displaced persons

A new HEART Topic Guide on Education for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be published in June 2016. Picking up where the seminal 2011 UNHCR Refugee Education: A Global Review left off, and adding a section on the important but under-researched topic of IDP education, the Guide will be an invaluable resource for… Read more


How to motivate and support improved practices in Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in Northern Nigeria

This briefing outlines findings from operations research to support the refinement of the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) strategy implemented by the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme. Key research findings include: The concept of food groups, the unique benefits of feeding foods from each food group and the classification of foods into specific food groups is… Read more


Education and extremism

This research identified three key components which can help build resilience to extremism amongst young people and identified support factors that underpin them. These are 1) Making a connection through effective design and a youth-centred approach; 2) Facilitating a safe space for dialogue and positive interaction; and 3) Equipping young people with appropriate capabilities –… Read more


How results from assessments can be used to improve education in East Africa

Across East Africa, significant resources are dedicated to large-scale assessments designed to measure learning outcomes. Taking Uganda as an example, there are national exams at the end of primary and secondary school, an annual sample assessment of students from three year groups, a citizen-led assessment of 6 -16 year olds, regular donor-led assessments tied to… Read more


Edtech case studies

This series of case studies produced by HEART for the UK Department for International Development. Programme experts were consulted in the process through email and phone interviews. Any views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of DFID or HEART. Each case study contains four sections – the challenge, the impact, research and stakeholders. Case… Read more


Learning gains from ICT use in education

This report explores the evidence that online education programmes/tools/apps lead to measurable gains in learning. The strongest evidence comes from a randomised control trial in Malawi. The research reports on a maths tablet intervention that shows significant effects when analysing pre- and post-test data. Another experiment reported in a journal looked at self-organised learning systems… Read more


Experience of implementing large-scale integrated preventive health programmes

Experience of large-scale preventive health programming integrated across different sectors was difficult to find within the scope of this report. Resources on large-scale messaging or strategies with some element of integration include: An evaluation of an intersectoral nutrition package in Madagascar. Success of this programme was due to Intersectoral Nutrition Action Groups, harmonisation from a… Read more


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