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Table 2 Summary of objectives and proposed methods at the implementation level

From: An evaluation of two large scale demand side financing programs for maternal health in India: the MATIND study protocol

Study level Objectives Proposed methods
Provincial (Policy) To study program utilization trends Secondary data analysis - complete times series, Document reviews, Key person interviews with policy makers, program managers and private sector representatives, Stakeholder discussions
  To ascertain the influence of changes in ANC service utilization and institutional deliveries on maternal and neonatal outcomes  
  To study trends in private sector participation  
  Explore the motivations for participation/non participation with the private sector in CY program  
  To understand the exclusion of the private sector in the JSY program  
  Explore experience of private provider in JSY  
  Comparison of emergency care transportation systems  
  Cost effectiveness of the programs and the emergency transportation models  
District (Facility) List and classify all facilities performing deliveries according to their EmOC functionality Facility Survey, Observations of normal deliveries, Register and case record review, Case vignettes to study provider competence, In depth exit interviews with mothers
  Survey and describe facilities conducting deliveries  
  Assess the quality of care administered in study facilities  
  Study outcomes (type of delivery, maternal mortality and morbidity, foetal outcomes) among program beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries in study facilities  
  Experiences of public and private sector physicians of the programs (in terms of task load, shifting of tasks, human resources required, monetary transactions with the program)  
Community Identify program beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. Questionnaires, In-depth interviews, Focus group discussion, Spatial methods (GIS) to study distance
  Study differences between background characteristics, geographic access to EmOC, outcomes (maternal), type of health service utilization in pregnancy (and delivery), use of emergency obstetric transportation services and expenditures during delivery  
  Identify predictors for program uptake  
  Compare infant health status and health service utilization between users and non-users.  
  Among users, study perceived quality of care at facility  
  Explore motives and barriers for participation/non-participation among eligible beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries  
  Understand the working dynamic for the community health workers(ASHA, TBA & female health workers)and their role in the program