Host Organisation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Project title: Developing institutional capacity in evaluation methods for higher research impact in West Africa

Dr Diallo is an anthropologist. His PhD project dealt with mothers’ lived experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care within their community and in the health facility in rural Mali. He joined the MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a social science lead on PRECISE, a UKRI/GCRF-funded research project. Dr Diallo’s projects inspired him to develop a programme that evaluates of public health interventions and implementation research.

AREF Fellowship research project:


Evaluation of public health interventions is becoming increasingly important for policy decision-making. Policymakers need to know what the best intervention is in a given environment and how best to use the limited resources available. But how do we choose the most appropriate method of evaluation for an intervention?
Through his AREF fellowship, Dr Diallo will gain valuable knowledge and expertise in evaluation and statistical methods for epidemiological and clinical research. Working on data processing of implementation research, he will use his experience to strengthen the research capacity of the MRCG’s newly established social science group.

Through this placement, I aim to contribute to increasing the research impact of the MRCG, an institution that has over seven decades of research experience.