We are thrilled to have such an incredible range of people contributing to the conference this year in our masterclass programme, and moderating and contributing in our plenary panels.

The wide range of knowledge, expertise and experience that that we all bring and the learning we will co-create among the GIC Faculty, presenters and participants on the state of the field of implementation is truly exciting.

GIC Faculty: our specialist contributors

Kristin Berg Nordahl, PhD, is a researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioural Development, Oslo, Norway, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Norway.

Kristin started her career as a social worker in the Norwegian child protective services and later trained in Parent Management Training, an Oregon model, (PMTO) therapist, working with families and children with externalizing behaviour problems. Kristin followed the implementation of PMTO in Norway closely, first as a therapist and later as part of the research team in two large studies: the NIDA funded study of Implementation of PMTO in Norway and the Norwegian funded randomized effectiveness trial of PMTO in Norway. One of Kristin's particular research interests are observational data, and how direct systematic observation data can be of use not only when investigating therapist adherence to the intervention or change in family interaction dynamics, but how it can also serve as a useful tool for coaches and practitioners. Kristin received her PhD in developmental psychology (2014) on fathers' interaction with one-year-olds, focusing on observational data. Among several other projects, she is currently engaged in the evaluation of MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems) in child mental health clinics in Norway, in which both observational data and clinical feedback systems are being utilized.


Annette Boaz, PhD, is Professor of Health Care Research in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George’s University of London in the UK.

Annette is a social scientist and her research focuses on the relationship between research evidence, policy and practice, implementation, improvement and service user engagement. Annette has led research studies exploring and evaluating strategies for successful engagement of stakeholders in research and for maximising the uptake of research in practice and policy. She supports a number of initiatives aimed at increasing capacity for research use, including being part of the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and is a member of the Faculty for the Annual Implementation Masterclass. She is a member of the World Health Organisation European Advisory Committee on Health Research. Working with Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Alec Fraser Annette edited ‘What Works Now: Evidence Informed Policy and Practice’ , a new book which will be published in March 2019.


Jacquie Brown, is an international Implementation Consultant, Executive Director of Families Foundation and Co-Director for the Child and Family Evidence-based Practice Consortium.

In her work, Jacquie brings expertise in the application of implementation science to systems, communities and organisations through an application perspective informed by many years in the management of community-based services. She is committed to bringing implementation science into practice. As an implementation practitioner Jacquie is involved in the implementation of Evidence Based Programs and best practices in the health care sector, education sector,  community-based services sector and the implementation of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program -  in Europe, Australia and sub Saharan Africa.


Eric Bruns, PhD, is the Professor in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Washington. Eric also serves as Director, University of Washington, Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team; Co-Director, National Wraparound Initiative; Associate Director, UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center.

Eric’s research focuses on public child-serving systems and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioural health needs and their families. To this end, his work focuses primarily on two areas with high public health significance. The first is intensive care coordination models for youths with serious emotional and behavioural challenges. In this area, Eric co-directs the National Wraparound Initiative, the National Wraparound Implementation Center (www.nwic.org), and the UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, and has led multiple federally-funded research and intervention development projects aimed at defining and evaluating impact of intensive care coordination models. The second area is school mental health services. In this area, Eric is Associate Director of the UW SMART Center, where he leads the Center’s Technical Assistance Core and directs several federally-funded studies of school-based mental health interventions.


Claire Burns is Director for Programmes and Services at CELCIS, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Claire has a professional background in social work and has experience of practice, management and teaching within child and family services. Claire is responsible for leading the development and sustainability of CELCIS, a leading improvement and innovation Center with a track record of bringing specialist knowledge and experience of front-line practice, research and data, learning and development, and policy implementation to use evidence-informed approaches that supports sustainable change and improvement in systems, organisations and services for children and families. Claire has been instrumental in expanding CELCIS’ capacity to adopt implementation informed models of consultancy, using the Active Implementation Frameworks. She has been an avid attendee of the Global Implementation Conference and is excited to be part of the team co-hosting GIC 2019 in Glasgow.


Luke Cavanagh is Head of Corporate Analytical Services in the Scottish Government.

Luke brings a wealth of experience from roles working in the Parliament, Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and in recent years has focused on creating Quality Improvement capacity and capability across public services in a range of social policy settings. As an Improvement Adviser (Institute for Healthcare Improvement course), Luke has assisted in the development of the Permanence and Care Excellence programme run by CELCIS, University of Strathclyde, and supported the Scottish Government's improvement approach in primary and secondary education settings.

Luke has recently focussed on creating and delivering improvement capacity and support in Scotland with a range of health, education and social care partners. He is a strong advocate for cross-sector learning and a systems-based philosophy of improvement and teaches on NHS Education’s Scottish Improvement Leaders course (ScIL). Luke is not wedded to a particular method-led view of improvement and is interested in the interactions between context, technical and relational views and approaches to improvement and the factors that increase the likelihood of improvement, particularly in complex social systems.


Lesley Cook is the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) Lead for Children 1st in Scotland. In her current role, Lesley is increasing the availability and quality of FGDM Services to families across Scotland in order to realise Children 1st’s vision for Scotland that no life changing decision is made about a child without the family first having the offer of a Family Group Decision Making Meeting.
Lesley supports the development of FGDM within Children 1st and in local authorities across Scotland. She also leads the accredited training for FGDM in Scotland for Children 1st, in partnership with Robert Gordon University.

Lesley has a track record of developing and sustaining innovative and successful projects and services for children, young people and families' in the voluntary/non-profit and statutory sectors. This has included a substance misuse service for young people, a street-work project for young people in relation to sexual, physical and mental health, a number of FGDM services and an advocacy support service for parents and children involved in multi-agency ‘Team Around the Child’ professional meetings around child welfare. Lesley has a degree in psychology and her postgraduate study has included; child protection, substance misuse, counselling, mediation, family group decision making and management. Lesley’s approach to her work is relational, restorative, trauma-informed and solution-focussed. She believes that children and families are the experts on themselves and that families are the best places for children to grow up whenever this is safe and possible.


Nicolaj Ejler is a partner in Realize, Denmark and has a prominent profile in public sector development in Scandinavia, and in working for the EU Commission through extensive experience and work in evaluations, Randomised Control Trials (RCT) and methodological development projects as Director in Rambøll Management.

Nicolaj, for example, was Project Director for the world’s largest RCT with 12,000 pre-school children: Future Kindergarten a project which he carried out recently for the Danish Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Affairs. Nicolaj has actively promoted implementation science in evaluative research; work that has led him to new realizations of the notions of knowledge, evidence, and professionalism in the welfare professions of practitioners. For Nicolaj, evidence is nothing if professionals do not assign meaning to the evidence and do not apply the evidence in their practices. Nicolaj has written several books on these topics, such as: Professional leadership between core task and professions management (only in Danish: Faglig ledelse mellem kerneopgave og styring); When Measuring Makes Sense (only in Danish: Når måling giver mening); and Managing the Knowledge-Intensive Firm (Routledge).


Dean L. Fixsen, PhD, has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults.

Dean is co-author of the highly regarded monograph, Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has advised federal, state, and local governments.

Dean is a Director of the Active Implemrientation Research Network; Co-Founder of the National Implementation Research Network; Founding Member, Global Implementation Society; Founding member of the Board of Editors for the journal Implementation Science; former Co-Director of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center; and President of the Global Implementation Initiative.


Deborah Ghate, PhD, is the chair of the Board of the UK Implementation Society and the Chief Executive of the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation and has been working in applied implementation science since 2008.

A former academic, CEO of an implementation support center in Ireland, and director of a policy research center in London, she now specializes in child and family services and in research and advisory roles for public service and voluntary organisations, where learning from implementation and improvement science can be brought to bear on service design, delivery and evaluation. She collaborates widely with colleagues across the world and was a board member of the Global Implementation Initiative from its inception until 2017.


Laura Ghiron, MPH, is Vice President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access, a US-based non-profit organization, and a member of the ExpandNet Secretariat.

Laura spent 1998-2009 at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, and the last five years as Senior Research Area Specialist. From 1998-2006, Laura collaborated with the World Health Organization and colleagues in Latin America on the implementation of the Strategic Approach to Strengthening Reproductive Health Policies and Programmes and the subsequent Reprolatina Project. From 1997 – 2007, she worked with Chinese colleagues on the Quality of Care Project and in 2003 Laura was one of the founders of ExpandNet - a global network of public health and development professionals seeking to advance the science and practice of scaling up. Since 2005 she has served as Vice President of Partners, and during this time has co-organized and co-facilitated several meetings on scaling up, edited a book of scaling-up case studies, and co-authored several guides and peer-reviewed articles on scale-up. , all of which are freely available on the ExpandNet. Ms. Ghiron has been providing scaling up-related technical support since 2007 to several major public health and development initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, USAID and several others.


Luize Guimares is a Senior Consultant at Oxford Policy Management and the MUVA Programme Manager in Mozambique.

Luize is development worker with experience in the health sector, social protection, corporate social responsibility, female economic empowerment and programme implementation. Previously, she has worked for a Development Bank, l’Agence française de Development and was based in Cambodia as the health and social protection programme officer. During this time Luize was part of the group of donors who founded the Health Sector Swap. This experience provided Luize with a deep understanding of the harmonization and alignment policy and financial dynamics. Based on this experience, and while doing her specialization in Health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health, she wrote a class to teach the issue of aid fragmentation, H&A and pool fund agenda in the health sector. The class was successfully implemented across Harvard University and has become a regular yearly class organized with the support of Aid for Health. Luize has also worked for different NGOs in Mexico, France, Brazil and Cambodia where she supported the setup of a silk fairtrade cooperative.


Rawan W. Ibrahim, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work in the German Jordanian University.

Rawan’s specialization lies in the field of child protection and alternative care. Upon completing her PhD at the School of Social Work, University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), she returned to Jordan and was appointed Project Director and Co-Investigator of the Community-Family Integration Teams (C-FIT). The C-FIT program was a multi-year, UNICEF funded partnership that introduced foster care to the Jordanian child welfare system which aimed to deinstitutionalize children living in residential care homes. The project represents one of the first formal implementations of community-based alternatives to institutional care in the region. Rawan continues to consult for the UNICEF Jordan Country Office, as well as other local and international organizations such as in Northern Iraq, Indonesia and Morocco. She has been a member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) since 2006, and was recently re-elected to continue to be part of INTRAC’s executive committee, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, University of Strathclyde.


Grace Irimu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi, the biggest medical school in Kenya.

Grace is a paediatrician at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi. She is a researcher and a public health specialist, holding a PhD in public health. Her current area of research is collaborative research among the Ministry of Health, Kenya, Kenya Paediatric Association, KEMRI Wellcome Trust and the participating hospitals in that project. Grace evaluates the effect of introducing Ministry of Health basic paediatric protocols and ETAT+ (Emergency, Triage, Assessment and Treatment plus admission care) in a university teaching hospital. The paediatric nephrologist and health systems researcher is credited for championing the scale up of ETAT + in Kenya. Grace was instrumental in the formation of Clinical Information Network (CIN), a collaborative project involving 16 county hospitals, Ministry of Health, Kenya Paediatric Association and KEMRI Wellcome Trust. CIN works with hospitals to improve quality of hospital data and its utilization. She is the Clinical Advisor in the Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies programme (NEST 360), Kenya chapter. NEST is a multi-country programme that aims to provide essential equipment to address the common causes of newborn deaths and build capacity among the practitioners and biomedical technicians/engineers to use and maintain these technologies.


Marlene Matarese, PhD, serves as the Deputy Director for The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Deputy Director at the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health, and Co-Director, National Wraparound Implementation Center.

Marlene has 15 years of experience working in child and family serving systems, at individual, county, state, and national levels. For the past 10 years, Marlene has been providing training and technical assistance on Wraparound, SOC, workforce development, implementation science, LGBTQI-2S topics, youth involvement and positive youth development. The focus of her work has been improving access to and the quality of home and community based care for children with serious behavioral health needs. Since 2006, Marlene has been with the University of Maryland, where her role evolved from a statewide trainer in Wraparound to directing The Institute’s training and technical assistance (TA) center. Similarly, the TA center has grown over the past six year to provide intensive, training, coaching and TA to states across the country. Marlene manages trainers with expertise in various content areas as well as an events team. She has led the development of both small and large conferences as well as the design and implementation of an extensive IT platform that include distance-learning technologies. Marlene serves as the principal investigator on multiple national contracts to provide large-scale Wraparound implementation through intensive training and coaching. Marlene has led the design of nationally recognized Wraparound practitioner certification curricula. Her prior professional experiences include providing technical assistance nationally on youth involvement and in partnership with a group of young people, organized and developed Youth MOVE National. Marlene champions the meaningful inclusion of youth in all levels of system design and brings years of experience working directly with youth and their families as a care coordinator, clinician, personal counselor and aide for youth with behavioral health needs.


Eleanor McClorey is an Independent Consultant and Coach.

Eleanor’s consultancy practice model is rooted in the fields of Implementation Science, Structural Dynamics, and Process Work. Eleanor is experienced in change management, innovation and leadership and her specialist practice field is the delivery of improved outcomes through organisational, systems, and service change strategies. She has practice and management experience in community development, child and family services, and services to address youth homelessness and education exclusion. She was the founding Chief Executive of youngballymun, a pioneering prevention and early intervention initiative in children's services that embedded evidence based, outcomes focussed innovations in services to children and families across primary health care, early care and education, primary schools and family and community support services. Eleanor provides implementation informed coaching, consultancy, and training services in leadership, change management and organisational development.


Fiona Mitchell is Strategy and Alignment Lead for the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).

Fiona holds responsibility for supporting colleagues and programmes within CELCIS to be evidence-informed in their focus and approach, and to embed an approach to continuous learning and evaluation internally. In the past, she has worked as an applied researcher within academic, policy and practice context related to children’s rights, wellbeing and services. She has a keen interest in bridging between research, policy and practice to maximise opportunities for services and practices to be the best that they can for people. During the last few years, she has developed as an implementation practitioner while actively supporting implementation teams guiding change to better address child neglect within three local administrative areas in Scotland. As part of this work, guided by and drawing on Caryn Ward’s contribution to the field, Fiona has gained experience in working to develop, test and apply measurements that can support assessing implementation capacity within systems.


Margit Neher finished her PhD in Implementation Science at Linköping University in 2016.

After a long clinical career, Margit now works as a researcher and university teacher in the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics. Her ongoing research projects study clinical dilemmas concerning adherence versus adaptations of evidence, and the implementation of E-health solutions. Her interest is practice change in innovation, with a focus on the learning processes related to change in individuals, groups and organizations. She teaches Implementation Science at Masters and PhD levels.


Per Nilsen, PhD, is a Professor of Social Medicine and Public Health, with a particular focus on implementation science, at Linköping University, Sweden.

Per was responsible for building a research program on implementation science at Linköping University, which has attracted national and international interest. He leads several projects on the implementation of evidence-based practices in various health care and community settings. Per has developed Master and doctoral-level implementation courses, which have run annually since 2011. The PhD course attracts students from all the Nordic countries and beyond. His research also covers issues such as patient safety, workplace learning and change responses. Per takes particular interest in issues concerning behavior and practice change and the application of theories, models and frameworks for improved understanding and explanation of implementation challenges. His research interests can be traced to his varied background, including studies in behavioral economy, with graduation from Stockholm School of Economics, and in systems development. Before he became a researcher in 2003, he had a 15-year career as organizational consultant in competence issues and as author of international books on artists such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Prince.


Terje Ogden, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development in Oslo. Terje has served as research director at the Center for 15 years and has been professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Oslo. Ogden is also participating in a longitudinal prospective study of the social development of approximately 1000 Norwegian children from 6 months to adolescence (The Behavior Outlook Norwegian Developmental Study - BONDS). Moreover, he is chair of the program board for Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector in the Norwegian Research Council.

Terje’s research interests include the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions targeting children and youth with mental health and conduct problems. All interventions are family, school and community based in order to reduce conduct problems, promote social competence and prevent placements out of home. Interventions are implemented in municipal services for children and youth like the Child Welfare services, the Child and adolescent mental health services, child care and schools. An overview is presented in the book "Adolescent Mental Health. Prevention and Intervention" by Terje Ogden and Kristine Amlund Hagen (Routledge, 2018). See also www.ogden.no


John Øvretveit, PhD, is the Professor of Improvement Implementation and Evaluation and the Director of Research and Professor of health care improvement implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and research and development specialist for Stockholm County Healthcare’s largest provider division of primary and community healthcare.

John’s recent work concerns adaptive implementation and evaluation and in combining quality improvement and implementation science. Projects include co-care, integration and coordination of services. John’s work is based on the belief that organisation and management can bring out the best and worst in people, and that the right organisation design is critical for effective healthcare. A theme underlying his work is how practical research can contribute both to better care for patients and to "healthy work organization". He has pioneered action evaluation methods for giving rapid feedback for service providers and policy-makers to improve their services, and for assessing the role of context on implementation. His current research examines implementation of management and organisation improvements, and clinical care coordination for safety and lower costs. Since 1980 he has published 14 books and 210 scientific papers on healthcare quality and safety improvement and implementation in health and social care.


Kathleen Ryan Jackson, DEd, joined Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) team as an Implementation Specialist in September of 2014.

Kathleen was drawn to the field of implementation science following her tenure in the field of Pre K-12 education as a school administrator, student teacher supervisor, and special educator. Her work has focused on the interaction between student’s academic and behavioral success and the delivery of relevant, culturally responsive curriculum. Kathleen was the Outreach Coordinator for the Northwest Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network and served as a coordinator for Oregon’s Effective Behavioral and Instructional Support System (EBISS) Initiative where she provided professional development and technical assistance to regional and district leadership teams through the use of the Active Implementation Frameworks. Kathleen is passionate about the importance of developing a collective commitment to success through the development of leaders at all levels of a system. Throughout her career she has strived to ensure equitable systems of support for all students, parents, and staff. Kathleen received her Doctor of Education from the University of Oregon where she concentrated on applied research in real world settings. She has an MS, Special Education, University of Oregon and BS, Psychology, University of Oregon.


Jo Rycroft-Malone, PhD, is a Professor of Implementation & Health Services Research, Dean of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, and Emeritus Welsh Health & Care Senior Research Leader.

Jo has an international reputation for undertaking research on the strategies, processes and influences of using knowledge in practice, and in theory development and use. Her body of work led to her being named by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher, which puts her in the top 1% of global researchers.


Mary Salveron, PhD, has been a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia with over 10 years’ experience in the field of child protection, specialising in research methodologies with vulnerable children and families, evaluation of child protection systems and implementation.

Mary’s research and practice experience spans from reviewing the literature on the diffusion of innovations, engaging parents and families navigating the child protection process/system, parenting groups for parents whose children have been placed in care, working with refugee families, Aboriginal health and family support and facilitators and barriers to reunification/restoration. As part of her post-doctoral role, Mary undertook an evaluation of the implementation, delivery and uptake of a child protection practice approach and its impact on children, parents and practitioners. She has been involved in evaluations of parenting initiatives and Intensive Family Support Service implementation in South Australia. Currently, she is a Consultant with Emerging Minds, The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health funded by the Australian Government dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Emerging Minds develops mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families and provides implementation support to embed evidence informed practices into the Australian context.


Jill Schofield, PhD, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of its new Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at Kingston University in London.

Educated at St Anne's College, Oxford and Manchester University, Jill Schofield completed her postgraduate studies at Manchester Business School, while working as a national administration trainee in the NHS. She subsequently spent 10 years in healthcare management, both in the NHS and as the national operations manager for BUPA Hospitals. Her first foray in to academia saw her join Aston Business School at Aston University in Birmingham in 1990 as a full-time teaching fellow, during which time she completed a PhD studying under Professor Ray Loveridge focusing on Implementation Theory in the NHS and how people learn, or fail to do so, when putting new public policy initiatives in to place. In 2005, her career took her north of the border when she was appointed to the Somers Chair of Healthcare Management at the University of Edinburgh, where she was based in its Business School. During that time, she also served as Director of Research for its then joint Schools of Business and Economics and worked closely with its Medical School. Jill’s first tenure as a Dean came in June 2012, when she took the helm at the University of York Management School. She later led the University of Bristol's School of Economics, Finance and Management before joining the senior management team at the University of Buckingham for a brief period.


Dorah Taranta is a Project Manager with Pathfinder International.

Dorah has vast experience of programme and project management and capacity building applied to the implementation of community initiatives in public health, economic empowerment, family planning, health and environmental conservation. She has led advocacy efforts at community, district and national levels and has contributed to the development of practical tools and strategies to support the scale up of integrated initiatives. Key interests include economic empowerment at household and community levels for sustainable and resilient communities.


Nhan Tran, PhD, works with the World Health Organization and is the Coordinator of the Unintentional Injury Prevention Team (UIP) within the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI) since October 2017. As the Manager of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, he led the development of initiatives to facilitate the implementation and scale up of proven effective interventions. Currently, he coordinates work in the areas of unintentional injury prevention focused mainly on road safety, injury surveillance/surveys, and alcohol and drug-related injuries.


Melissa Van Dyke, PhD, joined the CELCIS team in 2015, as the International Expert Advisor on Implementation at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and has a national role focused on building capacity within CELCIS and the children’s services and health sectors to adopt an implementation-informed approach to improvement.

Melissa is currently leading a number of initiatives designed to improve health, early years, education, and social work practices with children and families’ services. Melissa was previously the Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. In the United States, Melissa has worked with state and federal initiatives related to scaling up evidence-based practices in education, evidence-based child abuse prevention programs and early childhood home visitation, leadership development in child welfare, and broad reform efforts in early childhood systems and criminal justice systems. Prior to her work with NIRN, Melissa worked in state government in the United States with families and youth in child welfare, children’s mental health, and the juvenile justice systems. Along with her years in direct service, Melissa served as Deputy Superintendent of a large youth justice facility and was actively involved in various organisational and state-wide programme implementation and system improvement initiatives. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon, a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Interpersonal Practice and Policy, and her Ph.D. is in Applied Anthropology with a focus on policy, organisations and systems.


Abe Wandersman, PhD, has decades of experience related to improving programs and communities. His work, which focuses on how to bridge the gap between research and practice, has received international acclaim. Though he recently retired from the University of South Carolina where he was a Professor of Psychology and interim Co-Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina, Abe is busier than ever.

Abe specializes in the areas of Community Psychology, Environmental and Ecological Psychology, Citizen Participation, Community Coalitions, Program Evaluation. Among his various projects, he was the Principal Investigator on the evaluation of SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation), a national community coalition capacity-building initiative led by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives. In recognition of this work, his team recently received the 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association. He describes the award as a “win-win” for those involved in the work – not only the evaluation team, but also for 100 Million Healthier Lives and the participating communities, and for the field of evaluation and community health improvement as a whole, and for funders. Abe earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.


Michael Woolcock, PhD, is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he has worked since 1998. For twelve years he has also been a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Michael’s current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of "complex" development interventions. In addition to more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of ten books, including Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (2011), which was a co-recipient of the 2012 best book prize by the American Sociological Association's section on international development, and, most recently, Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (2017). He has recently returned from 18 months in Malaysia, where he helped establish the World Bank’s first Global Knowledge and Research Hub. An Australian national, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, and has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University.