Ms Shelly Makleff
Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
My focus is on sexual and reproductive health with a focus on abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, gendered social norms and stigma, gender-transformative programming, and the prevention of intimate partner violence. I have worked globally, with a particular focus on Latin America, and have a particular interest in co-produced research focusing on evidence to practice, and methodologies for evaluation of social (complex) interventions. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Stanford Univeristy (1998) and a Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (2005), and am currently a PhD candidate at LSHTM.
My research at the LSHTM explores methods and approaches suitable for the evaluation of social interventions in low- and middle-income countries. It builds on extensive fieldwork in a Mexico City school, which examines a process evaluation of a comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programme. The project is a collaboration with Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar (Mexfam) and International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) and aims to learn whether and how the intervention may contribute to the prevention of dating violence and to more equitable relationships among 14- to 17-year-old public school students. I use this evaluation as a case study to explore the methods suitable for evaluation of social interventions carried out in complex environments.
Outside of the LSHTM, I have conducted qualitative research examining women’s perspectives of abortion quality of care and stigma in Mexico, Colombia, Kenya, India and the UK. I worked for over a decade as an NGO-based evaluator focused on sexual and reproductive health programming in Latin America and the Caribbean.