Helen Burchett


Assistant Professor

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

My main research interests lie in the interplay between context, interventions and people, to understand how or why interventions may work (or not work). An area of special interest to me is the generalisability or applicability of evaluation research to other settings.

I have previously worked in the NHS as a Health Promotion Specialist, for an NGO called The Maternity Alliance as Public Health Policy Officer and as a researcher at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education. I have worked on systematic reviews, intervention evaluations as well as qualitative and mixed methods research studies.

My PhD, completed in 2010, explored researchers' and policy stakeholders' perceptions of the relevance of research to policy in Ghana.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Vaccine Centre


I teach on the MSc in Public Health and am module organiser for Foundations for Health Promotion.


Recent research projects have explored reasons why some interventions are effective whilst others are not, within systematic reviews and intervention evaluations.

For example, one study analysed data from 10 intervention evaluations that introduced rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in six countries. Using data from process evaluations, study reports and insights from study teams, it explored factors relating to the interventions' contexts, content, implementation and experiences to understand why, in some places, the tests were well used and results adhered to while in others, they were not.

Another study, undertaken with colleagues at the EPPI-Centre, UCL, explored reasons why some lifestyle weight management programmes for pre- and primary-school children were 'highly' effective while others were not.


Research Area
Complex interventions
Health policy
Health services research
Maternal health
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Systematic reviews
Evidence use
Social Sciences

Selected Publications

Weight management programmes: Re-analysis of a systematic review to identify pathways to effectiveness.
Melendez-Torres, G.J. ; Sutcliffe, K. ; Burchett, H.E.D. ; Rees, R. ; Richardson, M. ; Thomas, J. ;
Health Expect
The importance of service-users' perspectives: A systematic review of qualitative evidence reveals overlooked critical features of weight management programmes.
Sutcliffe, K. ; Melendez-Torres, G.J. ; Burchett, H.E.D. ; Richardson, M. ; Rees, R. ; Thomas, J. ;
Health Expect
A bibliometric analysis of systematic reviews on vaccines and immunisation.
Fernandes, S. ; Jit, M. ; Bozzani, F. ; Griffiths, U.K. ; Scott, J.A.G. ; Burchett, H.E.D. ;
Improving prescribing practices with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs): synthesis of 10 studies to explore reasons for variation in malaria RDT uptake and adherence.
Burchett, H.E. ; Leurent, B. ; Baiden, F. ; Baltzell, K. ; Björkman, A. ; Bruxvoort, K. ; Clarke, S. ; DiLiberto, D. ; Elfving, K. ; Goodman, C. ; Hopkins, H. ; Lal, S. ; Liverani, M. ; Magnussen, P. ; Mårtensson, A. ; Mbacham, W. ; Mbonye, A. ; Onwujekwe, O. ; Roth Allen, D. ; Shakely, D. ; Staedke, S. ; Vestergaard, L.S. ; Whitty, C.J. ; Wiseman, V. ; Chandler, C.I. ;
BMJ Open
The Usefulness of Different Types of Health Research: Perspectives from a low-income country
Burchett, H.E.D.; Mayhew, S.H.; Lavis, J.N.; Dobrow, M.J.
Evidence & Policy
The impact of introducing new vaccines on the health system: Case studies from six low- and middle-income countries.
Burchett, H.E.; Mounier-Jack, S.; Torres-Rueda, S.; Griffiths, U.K.; Ongolo-Zogo, P.; Rulisa, S.; Edengue, J.M.; Chavez, E.; Kitaw, Y.; Molla, M.; Konate, M.; Gelmon, L.; Onyango-Ouma, W.; Lagarde, M.; Mills, A.;
See all Helen Burchett's Publications