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Dr Tara Tancred

BSc MPH PhD

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Affiliations

Public Health, Environments and Society
Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

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

Teaching

Distance learning: Health Systems (Deputy Module Organizer)

Previous teaching includes: Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Practical Epidemiology, Nutrition and Infection, and Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries.

Research

I am eading a realist evaluation of a quality improvement intervention in southern Tanzania, and the qualitative component of a theory of change-based evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Better Immunization Data Initiative in northern Tanzania.

I worked on a systematic literature review with Chris Bonell of various interventions integrated into academic curricula that aim to reduce violence and substance abuse in youth. Primarily, I synthesised process and theoretical data from this review. 

My previous research experience has been broad, from culturing of bone marrow and testing anti-myeloma therapeutics in experimental oncology, to photography projects and body mapping with youth and women in Uganda. My PhD work centred on a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and newborn health in rural southeastern Tanzania.

My research interests include: implementation science (including process evaluation, realist evaluation, and use of theory of change) and intervention evaluation; systematic literature reviews; community participation in health; quality management/quality improvement; maternal and newborn health; eastern and southern Africa; health systems strengthening; and health policy and systems research.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health policy
Health systems
Maternal health
Primary care
Public health
Quality improvement
Evaluation
Global Health
Mixed methods
Discipline
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Country
United Kingdom
Malawi
Tanzania
Uganda
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Using mixed methods to evaluate perceived quality of care in southern Tanzania.
Tancred, T.; Schellenberg, J.; Marchant, T.;
2016
Int J Qual Health Care
How people-centred health systems can reach the grassroots: experiences implementing community-level quality improvement in rural Tanzania and Uganda
Tancred, T.; Mandu, R.; Hanson, C.; Okuga, M.; Manzi, F.; Peterson, S.; Schellenberg, J.; Waiswa, P.; Marchant, T.; Team, T.E.S.
2014
Health Policy and Planning
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