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Emma Newbatt

Emma joined Itad as a Consultant in early 2013. She has extensive experience in the use of evidence to inform policy and practice, and a background in international development. She works in the health portfolio, and has a particular focus on reproductive and maternal health. She has experience in both the design and implementation of theory-based evaluations, and has substantial experience in qualitative data collection and analysis.

Prior to joining Itad, Emma worked for the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health, gaining significant expertise in reproductive health through the development of evidence-based guidelines for practice. In addition to her primary role in critically appraising and synthesising data on clinical effectiveness, she worked closely with health economists to integrate data on cost-effectiveness and was involved in rigorous stakeholder consultation processes. She was also heavily involved in projects to disseminate the use of evidence-based methodology globally, through presentations at conferences and the development of rigorous workshops and training courses for international audiences.

Emma has a Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and specialised in issues relating to maternal and sexual health in developing countries. While based in Nairobi in 2010, she conducted qualitative research in rural clinics as part of a study on the integration of postnatal care and sexual health services, gaining first-hand experience of working within a developing country’s health system.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), French (basic)
Country Experience:

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe


MSc Control of Infectious Diseases [Distinction]
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
BA Natural Sciences (Biological) [2.1]
University of Cambridge


2013 - Ongoing
Itad Ltd

2010 - 2013
Research Associate
National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health
Worked developing NICE guidelines for reproductive health, which are widely recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based medicine and are adapted and utilised in a variety of settings worldwide. Responsible for critically appraising and synthesising data on clinical and cost effectiveness, and gained extensive experience of facilitating multidisciplinary group discussions and external stakeholder consultation processes. Integrally involved in the development of workshops and training courses to promote the use of evidence-based methodology, most recently working on an intensive training course for clinicians (to take place in Brazil in July 2013) as part of the first phase of a collaborative project with PAHO to initiate a guidelines programme for women's and children's health in Brazil.


UKES Evaluation Training Course, UK Evaluation Society (UKES)

Project Experience:

2016 - Ongoing
Evaluation of Adolescents 360
(BMGF and CIFF, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania) - Deputy Team Leader
Adolescents 360 (A360) is a $30 million programme jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to encourage modern contraceptive use and reduce unplanned pregnancy among young girls aged between 15-19 in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Itad is working in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Avenir Health to monitor, evaluate, and develop learning from the A360 programme. Data and evidence will be used to support accelerated introduction and scale-up of interventions across multiple countries. The evaluation has been commissioned to:

• Provide timely evaluation data to course correct the program during implementation as necessary, and to maximize the effectiveness and impact of efforts (the evaluation approach to achieve this objective will be further refined in collaboration with the implementing partner to ensure that the design is complementing existing efforts that the implementation partner will be undertaking during the rapid prototyping process)
• Assess the impact of the program on reducing the number of unintended pregnancies among adolescent girls
• Provide a robust evidence base on what does and does not work to reach adolescent girls at scale, cost-effectively and to what extent the program is replicable

Emma is designing the process evaluation and associated data collection and analysis tools, leading on the design of the approach to qualitative analysis, and supporting the Team Leader on project management across components.

2016 - Ongoing
Evaluation of UNICEF’s PMTCT/paediatric AIDS programme
(UNICEF) - Project Manager
Itad has been contracted to evaluate UNICEF’s efforts to support scale up of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and Paediatric HIV care and treatment programs over the past decade. Our work focuses on four particular aspects of UNICEF’s PMTCT and paediatric HIV care and treatment programming efforts, namely (1) thematic leadership, advocacy and partnership, (2) resource mobilization, (3) strategic information, knowledge generation and dissemination; and (4) key aspects of UNICEF’s organization. The evaluation is also directed to pay particular attention to three cross cutting issues: gender, human rights and HIV, and equity, as well as considering the integration of HIV into humanitarian responses. This evaluation incorporates a mixed methods approach, utilising case studies, structured document review, key informant interviews and an online survey to unpack and test a reconstructed theory of change. Country visits to Cameroon, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, as well as remote studies of Cambodia, Haiti and Ukraine have been used to collect more in-depth, qualitative information needed to inform our analysis of the theory and assumptions on causality.

Emma's role consists of the overall Project Manager, coordinating the Team to deliver high quality outputs; substantial inputs into the design of approach to data collection and analysis; conducted country case studies in South Africa and Zimbabwe; regional and global level interviews with key stakeholders; led on equity, gender and human rights analysis for the final report.

2016 - Ongoing
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) MEL framework
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
Developing and rolling out a MEL framework for iDSI, including conducting country-level capacity development workshops and providing support to iDSI partners to apply the MEL tools. IDSi aims to build effective partnerships at country, international and network levels. These partnerships provide practical support and knowledge products for use in evidence informed decision-making at local, national and international levels. Through the delivery of these support and policy-informed knowledge products, iDSi helps build stronger country level institutions working in health policy. The MEL framework tracks iDSI work at three levels – international, country and network.

Emma's focus is on designing the MEL framework, including data collection and analysis tools; facilitating workshops of iDSI partners; country visits and remote interviews.

2016 - Ongoing
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) Mid-Term Evaluation
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the performance of iDSI to date and to identify lessons for how the network can further strengthen and improve what it does. The evaluation focuses on five different levels of iDSI’s work, including the approach of iDSI towards initiating and delivering country level practical support, the effectiveness of this support and the extent to which iDSI’s engagement contributes to country-level policy change to support evidence-informed priority setting for health.

Tasks include conducting a case study in India; remote interviews with iDSI and its partners.

2014 - 2015
Evaluation of DFID-CHAI Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities
(DFID/various) - Data Analyst
Delivery of: (i) a baseline data report, (ii) an ‘interim findings’ report to help inform programme activities and priorities for the remainder of the CHAI grant period, (iii) an end of grant evaluation report which covers the programme areas evaluated/reviewed; (iv) an end of grant document that addresses the lessons learned during the evaluation and a learning note for dissemination across the market dynamics community.

Emma prepared remote case studies, coordinated case study synthesis and conducted key informant interviews.

2014 - 2016
The Independent Multi-Disciplinary Review of the National Response to HIV and AIDS
(National AIDS Commission, Malawi) - Project Manager
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) of Malawi was established as a public trust to lead and coordinate the National Response to HIV and AIDS. Effective coordination of the National Response depends to a large extent on NAC's ability to monitor what is happening on the ground, analyse it for strategic implications and feed it back into outreach and promotional programs aimed at addressing weaknesses or exploiting opportunities identified through the monitoring effort. Consequently, NAC has developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, which is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. NAC has contracted Itad to mobilise an independent review team of multi-disciplinary specialists to assess the management and implementation of its National Strategic Plan and provide a report for discussion by NAC and funding partners.

Emma's role involved overall Project Manager for the assignment, coordinating review team deployment and reporting, and undertaking key informant interviews with stakeholders in Malawi as part of the analysis of performance of M&E systems.

Global Report on IHP+ Performance
(WHO, Global) - Consultant
Itad, as part of a consortium led by hera, has been contracted to delivered the 2014 round of monitoring on effective development cooperation, based on 2013 data for IHP+ signatories. The consortium were supporting country level reporting against indicators, which informed the production of a global report on progress against commitments to effective development cooperation by IHP+ partners.

Emma's work consisted of liaising with governments and development partners in 24 participant countries, collation and analysis of reporting data, and contributing to the development of country and donor scorecards for the 2014 round of monitoring.

Assessing Value for Money in DFID’s Health Portfolio across States in India
(DFID, India) - Consultant
DFID is supporting health sector budget programmes in three focus states in India (Bihar, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh) with the aim of improving access to essential health services particularly for maternal and child health, nutrition, and vector borne disease control, with a focus on poor and excluded groups. Responding to recent recommendations from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact on the need to further improve the value for money (VFM) of UK involvement in India in the health and education sectors, DFID commissioned this independent evaluation to assess the overall impact and value for money of these three health sector budget programmes. The key objectives of this evaluation were to: a) Identify and assess the key outcome, economy and efficiency drivers at the sectoral level; and to undertake internal/ international benchmarking on unit costs, as well as providing relevant sectoral evidence on what works to achieve good value for money; b) Assess and update the health sector portfolio performance against the sectoral/unit cost benchmarks and recommend ways forward, including guidance on methodology and benchmarks for evaluating VFM annually; c) Evaluate the incremental impact of the health sector budget support in three states.

Emma conducted and analysed key informant interviews in Odisha, performed a value for money diagnostic on indicators in DFID project to assess the strength of VFM reporting, developed a framework for assessing VFM of technical assistance, coordinated the team and work plan, and provided input into evaluation design and coordinating submission of reports.

2013 - 2014
Formative Evaluation of Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) Approach
(UNICEF, Global) - Researcher
MoRES is a conceptual framework for effective planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and managing for results to achieve desired outcomes for the most disadvantaged children. The objective of the evaluation was to support continuing efforts across UNICEF to articulate, develop and mainstream the MoRES approach by learning from experience. The evaluation was therefore forward-looking, focusing on operational learning and practical adaptation rather than on issues of accountability and outcomes.

Emma's role involved conducting and qualitatively analysing stakeholder interviews, conducting a country visit and in-depth case study on the implementation of MoRES in Bangladesh, conducting a remote, light touch country study on the application of MoRES in Egypt, contributing to development of a Theory of Change for MoRES and an examination of its conceptual underpinning.

AusAID, 2013 Review of Operational Evaluations
(AusAid, Australia) - Consultant
The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) and the Program Effectiveness and Performance Division (PEPD) of AusAID commissioned Itad to undertake a review of 2012 evaluations to address a need to improve the quality of its evidence in measuring the effectiveness of its aid. The Review had two objectives: to promote good quality independent evaluations; and to inform the Minister, public, partners and aid program staff of overarching lessons emerging from the findings of independent evaluations. The findings from the Review of Operational Evaluations also provided input for ODE's 2014 Synthesis of Evaluations and Quality Assurance Review and the 2014 Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness.
2012 - 2014
M&E of the NICE International Health Partnerships Scheme
(NICE International, China, India, UK) - Researcher
Monitoring and Evaluation of NICE International (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Activities in the Context of the Health Partnerships Scheme. Working in Kerala, India and Beijing, China. Itad designed a fit for purpose monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and applyied this framework, in collaboration with NICE International and its partners, to the activities of a three year Health Partnerships Scheme (HPS) project. Itad delivered under three phases - 1) inception / design, 2) protocol analysis and validation 3) project evaluation and re-planning.

Emma contributed to the development of a Theory of Change for NICE International and assessed the strength of the underlying evidence base, developed indicators and a data collection protocol for monitoring of future NICE International pilot projects, conducted qualitative data collection in India to review progress of the pilot project against the Theory of Change, and informed the refinement of a generic monitoring framework.

Evaluation of UK Frameworks: Results for Malaria in the developing world and Improving Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn health in the developing world
(DFID, Global) - Consultant
In 2010, DFID published two Frameworks for Results (FfRs - 'Breaking the Cycle: Saving Lives and Protecting the Future' and 'Choices for Women: Planned Pregnancies, Safe Births and Healthy Newborns'. In addition to laying out the government's commitment to accelerating progress in malaria and reproductive, maternal and newborn heath and providing a clear vision for priorities and interventions, the Frameworks reflected the shift in development policy to focus on results and were intended as innovative instruments in DFID's contribution towards the health MDGs. Given the innovations of the frameworks, their potential contribution to key global health goals and the funding that is being channelled through them, the evaluation is an important opportunity for learning and accountability. The key objectives are to verify the results achieved by DFID and to evaluate their utility as a guiding modality.

Emma's input included an analysis of key informant interviews, research support for country case studies, and an assessment of value for money reporting in DFID project documents.


  • Ectopic Pregnancy and Miscarriage (2012)
    RCOG Press, London
    National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health

  • Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: summary of NICE guidance (2012)
    BMJ, London
    Newbatt, E., Beckles, Z., Ullman, R., Lumsden, M.

  • What does GRADE bring to the table - confusion or clarity? (2012)
    Guidelines International Network Conference (Oral presentation), Berlin
    Newbatt, E., Beckles, Z., Kelley, K., McGuire, H., Ullman, R.

  • Updating guidelines - a delicate balance at every stage of the process (2012)
    Guidelines International Network Conference (Facilitated workshop), Berlin
    Beckles, Z., Newbatt, E., Ullman, R.

  • Caesarean Section (2011)
    RCOG Press, London
    National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health

  • Using Implications for practice from Cochrane reviews to promote worldwide improvements in healthcare (2011)
    Cochrane Colloquium (Poster presentation)
    Madrid, E. Newbatt, M. Gholitabar, H. McGuire, R. Ullman