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Dr Tara Tancred

BSc MPH PhD

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am leading 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. 

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 around a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and newborn health in rural southeastern Tanzania. 

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

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Disease Control

Centres

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

Teaching

Since 2014 I have tutored within our distance learning programmes for epidemiology and Health Systems (GHM 201), for which I am the deputy module organiser. I have also supervised distance learners completing their master's dissertations in GHM 300 since 2015. 

I have also supported in-house teaching for Public Health Principles in Developing Countries. 

Research

Research Area
Health policy
Maternal health
Primary care
Public health
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Evaluation
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Epidemiology
Social Sciences
Country
United Kingdom
Malawi
Niger
Chad
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Does integrated academic and health education prevent substance use? Systematic review and meta-analyses.
Melendez-Torres GJ; Tancred T; Fletcher A; Thomas J; Campbell R; Bonell C
2018
Child
Interventions integrating health and academic interventions to prevent substance use and violence: a systematic review and synthesis of process evaluations.
Tancred T; Paparini S; Melendez-Torres GJ; Fletcher A; Thomas J; Campbell R; Bonell C
2018
Systematic reviews
Effects of the EQUIP quasi-experimental study testing a collaborative quality improvement approach for maternal and newborn health care in Tanzania and Uganda.
Waiswa P; Manzi F; Mbaruku G; Rowe AK; Marx M; Tomson G; Marchant T; Willey BA; Schellenberg J; Peterson S
2017
Implementation science
Health policy and systems research training: global status and recommendations for action.
Tancred TM; Schleiff M; Peters DH; Balabanova D
2016
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Facilitators and Barriers of Community-Level Quality Improvement for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.
Tancred T; Manzi F; Schellenberg J; Marchant T
2016
Qualitative health research
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