Radically Improved Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from Bihar

Aditya Dev Sood welcomes the people to the comfortably cushioned first row as the next presentation makes its way.

IMG_0016The Bihar Innovation Lab, represented by Divya Datta, Director-Innovation, presents analytic findings and critical innovation opportunity areas emerging from a wide-ranging ethnographic and systems innovation study, conducted in different regions of Bihar, focusing on the critical 1000 day window in maternal and child health.

She takes us through the research that the Lab has done in the past few years, what the interactions are between the service and the beneficiaries, what the several perceptions, aspirations, experiences are, and what problems occur in the system due to it.


By means of a comprehensive visual presentation, the audience is taken through the process that the Lab followed, starting from the ethnographic research to analysis of the data with the lab’s tool of ‘failure case analysis’, visualization so as to make sense of months of field study and then conceptualization to fill in the gaps that the team identified.

Towards the end, Divya talks of how it is not just a flat 1000 day window, but that we need to look at periods of time both before and after it, as an opportunity to deliver a more complex, layered set of services and information for maximum impact.

She then invites the audience to walk through the thematic boards which talk of BIL’s field research and innovation direction.


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