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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
Public Health, Environments and Society

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

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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