Andrea Nove (PhD) has 30 years’ experience of designing and implementing research projects, data analysis and knowledge management. Since graduating with a PhD in social statistics in 2011, Andrea has developed a strong personal interest and impressive track record in generating and using data relating to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH).
Andrea has been Technical Director of Novametrics since its founding in 2016. Prior to that, she was the Senior Technical Adviser at ICS Integrare, a not-for-profit research institute well known for its expertise in health systems and health workforce research. She was also a Technical Adviser at Options Consultancy Services, leading the monitoring and evaluation for a 5-year multi-country SRMNAH programme. Before returning to full-time education in 2006, Andrea spent 15 years working in market and social research, with a focus on quantitative research methods.
Andrea is a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University.
Martin Boyce (MPhil) is a chartered engineer with 30 years’ experience leading and developing businesses. He has been Managing Director of Novametrics since its founding in 2016. He has developed and implemented comprehensive data collection, monitoring and reporting systems, as well as workforce planning and forecasting models. He is an advanced user of Microsoft Excel, Visual Basic and Project, and is skilled at analysing large and complex datasets and presenting results in a clear, visual and compelling manner.
Kirsty Hughes (MSc) joined Novametrics in 2019 as a Research Assistant, and is currently studying part-time for a Master’s degree in research methods to complement her earlier qualifications in resource planning. She led the quality assurance process for the primary quantitative data collection done for the State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 report, and is also skilled in qualitative data analysis and reporting. Her earlier work experience required skills in: process design, facilitation and testing of participative approaches to public consultation, training and presentations.
In recent years, we have collaborated with:
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to lead the development of the third global State of the World's Midwifery report, launched in May 2021
The Lancet identified this research as one of the top ten major stories in health and medicine in 2021.
UNFPA on health workforce assessments in four regions: Arab States, East & Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Pacific Island Countries.
ICM on the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for the 50,000 Happy Birthdays midwife education and training programme in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Options UK on the development of an accountability measurement framework and tool for global health initiatives.
Save the Children on the monitoring and evaluation of several adolescent health and education programmes in Mozambique and Nigeria.
WHO and the Global Fund on the development of a technical briefing document for those applying for support for human resources for health.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the development and delivery of a short training course on gender disaggregation in the collection and use of crime statistics.
WHO on the development of a tool to assess the health workforce implications of health policy and programming.
UNFPA on the production of a report about the work of midwives in humanitarian and fragile settings.
PMNCH on a systematic literature review of professional accountability mechanisms for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.
International Labour Organization (ILO) on a method to estimate the number of workers in non-health occupations who support the health workforce to deliver health services.
selection of papers and publications
Nove, A., P. ten Hoope-Bender, M. Boyce et al (2021). “The State of the World's Midwifery 2021 report: findings to drive global policy and practice.” Human Resources for Health 19:146
Nove, A., I. Friberg et al (2021). “Potential impact of midwives in preventing and reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths: A Lives Saved Tool modelling study.” Lancet Global Health 9:e24-32.
Martin Hilber, A., P. Doherty, A. Nove et al (2020). “The development of a new accountability measurement framework and tool for global health initiatives.” Health Policy and Planning 10.1093.
Szabo, S., A. Nove et al (2020). “Health workforce demography: A framework to improve understanding of the health workforce and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.” Human Resources for Health 18:7.
Nove, A., A. Martin Hilber & C. Blake (2019). “Professional accountability for women’s children’s and adolescents’ health: What mechanisms and processes are used, what works? A systematic literature review.” Geneva: PMNCH.
Nove, A. & M. Boyce (2019). “The state of the Pacific’s reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health workforce.” Suva: UNFPA.
Nove, A (2018). “La qualité de la formation des sages-femmes dans six pays Francophones d’Afrique subsaharienne.” Santé Publique HS(S1): 45-55.
Nove, A., S. Pairman et al (2018). “The development of a global Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme.” Global Health Action 11(1): 1489604.
Homer, C.S.E., S. Castro Lopes, A. Nove et al (2018). “Barriers and strategies for addressing the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health workforce: Addressing the post-2015 agenda.” BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 18:55.
Garg, S., N. T. Moyo, Nove, A. et al (2018). “The Midwifery Services Framework: Lessons learned from the initial stages of implementation in six countries.” Midwifery 62:189-195.
Nove, A., N.T. Moyo et al (2018). “The Midwifery Services Framework: The process of implementation.” Midwifery 58:96-101.
Nove, A., P. ten Hoope-Bender et al (2017). “The Midwifery Services Framework: What is it, and why is it needed?” Midwifery 57:54-58.
Myint, P., Kyi, O., Nove, A., Pozo Martin, F. (2017). “Myanmar SRMNAH workforce assessment.” Yangon: UNFPA.
Nove, A., G. Cometto & J. Campbell (2017). “Assessing the health workforce implications of health policy and programming: How a review of grey literature informed the development of a new impact assessment tool.” Human Resources for Health 15:79.
ten Hoope-Bender, P., A. Nove et al (2017). “The ‘Dream Team’ for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health: An adjusted service target model to estimate the ideal mix of health care professionals to cover population need.” Human Resources for Health 15:46.
Nove, A., M. Boyce & M. Michel-Schuldt (2017). “Analysis of the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health workforce in East and Southern Africa.” Johannesburg: UNFPA.
Nove, A. (2016). “Midwives on the front line: Delivering midwifery services in difficult times.” Cairo: UNFPA ASRO.
Neal, S., S. Mahendra, K. Bose, A. V. Camacho, M. Mathai, A. Nove et al (2016). “The causes of maternal mortality in adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review of the literature.” BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 16:352: DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-1120-8.
Ruktanonchai, C.W., N.W. Ruktanonchai, A. Nove et al (2016). “Equality in maternal and newborn health: Modelling geographic disparities in utilisation of care in five East African countries.” PLoS ONE 11(8): e0162006.
Scheil-Adlung, X. & A. Nove (2016). “Global estimates of the size of the health workforce contributing to the health economy: The potential for creating decent work in achieving universal health coverage.” Policy brief no. 17, High Level UN Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
Nove, A., M. Guerra Arias et al (2015). “Analysis of the midwifery workforce in selected Arab countries”. Cairo: UNFPA.
Scheil-Adlung, X., A. Nove & S. Witter (2015). “Global evidence on inequities in rural health protection: New data on rural deficits in health coverage for 174 countries.” Geneva: ILO.
Isbell, M., I. Simpson, Z. Matthews, J-P. Monet, L. Sochas, A. Nove (2015). “Saving lives, protecting futures: Progress report on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.” New York: Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General.
Nove, A., L. Hulton, et al (2014). “Establishing a baseline to measure change in political will and the use of data for decision-making in maternal and newborn health in six African countries.” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2014(127):102-107.
Nove, A., Z. Matthews, et al (2014). “Maternal mortality in adolescents compared with women of other ages: evidence from 144 countries.” The Lancet Global Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70179-7
Nove, A., A. Berrington, Z. Matthews (2012). “Comparing the odds of postpartum haemorrhage in planned home birth against planned hospital birth: Results of an observational study of over 500,000 maternities in the UK.” BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012(12):130.
Nove, A., A. Berrington, Z. Matthews (2012). “The methodological challenges of attempting to compare the safety of home and hospital birth in terms of the risk of perinatal death.” Midwifery 2012(28):619-626
Nove, A., A. Berrington, Z. Matthews (2011). "Characteristics associated with intending and achieving a planned home birth in the United Kingdom: An observational study of 515,777 maternities in the North West Thames region, 1988–2000." International Journal of Childbirth 1(2): 100-110.