Shelly Makleff is researcher focusing on global sexual and reproductive health and the evaluation of social interventions. She is currently a Research Fellow in Global and Women's Health at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. For over 15 years she has carried out evaluation and research projects in partnership with non-governmental and community-based partners globally - primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean, with additional projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. She has a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine exploring methodologies and approaches appropriate for the evaluation of social interventions. After finishing her Masters program, she spent 11 productive years at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), focusing on collaborative research, monitoring and evaluation, data quality and the use of data for decision-making.
Her work has spanned the topics of abortion, stigma, intimate partner violence prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, the evaluation of gender-transformative programming, and gendered social norms. Additionally, she has experience with feminist and participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning practices, and has been supporting a network of women's funds to develop a Community of Practice on the topic. Her experience in different contexts allows her to provide technical assistance, training and capacity building on evaluation and research, including facilitating participatory Theory of Change development processes and facilitating co-production of research and evaluation design and implementation.
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