Dr Tara Tancred

Senior Research Associate

Tara completed a PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a focus on looking at the implementation of the community aspect of a complex quality improvement intervention in southern Tanzania, aimed at improving quality of care for mothers and newborns. She has worked in Nepal, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia, always assessing the implementation of various interventions, typically linked to the health of mothers, newborns, and children. 

Tara’s research interests include implementation research (that is, asking the most useful research questions that help to move science into practice), including process evaluation, theory of change-based evaluation, and realist evaluation. She is also interested in health systems strengthening and applying “systems thinking” to research to explore the impact of interventions on a system as a whole. Tara typically applies these approaches to quality improvement interventions with the aim of improving quality of care and/or health outcomes for mothers and newborns. 

Tara currently teaches on the following Master’s modules: TROP 923 (Key Concepts in Sexual and Reproductive Health), TROP 926 (Sexual Health and Human Sexuality), TROP 972 (Quality Improvements in Maternal and Newborn Health) and TROP 900 (Health in Humanitarian Emergencies).

She also teaches for the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low-Resource Areas and the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.

Tara is a member of the LSTM Research Ethics Committee.
She is also the European Regional Champion for Health System Global’s thematic working group in teaching and learning for health policy and systems research.

Selected publications

  • Tancred T, Manzi F, Schellenberg J, Marchant T. Facilitators and Barriers of Community-Level Quality Improvement for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania. Qualitative health research. 2017;27(5):738-49.

    Tancred T, Marchant T, Hanson C, Schellenberg J, Manzi F. Birth preparedness and place of birth in Tandahimba district, Tanzania: what women prepare for birth, where they go to deliver, and why. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2016;16(1):165.

    Tancred T, Schellenberg J, Marchant T. Using mixed methods to evaluate perceived quality of care in southern Tanzania. International journal for quality in health care. 2016;28(2):233-9.

    Tancred T. Implementation of community-level quality improvement in southern Tanzania: a mixed methods process evaluation of what worked, what didn’t, and why. PhD [dissertation]. London, UK: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; 2016. Available at: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/2528880/

    Tancred TM, Schleiff M, Peters DH, Balabanova D. Health policy and systems research training: global status and recommendations for action. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2016;94(7):491.

    Tancred T, Mandu R, Hanson C, Okuga M, Manzi F, Peterson S, et al. How people-centred health systems can reach the grassroots: experiences implementing community-level quality improvement in rural Tanzania and Uganda. Health policy and planning. 2014:czu070.