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Dr. Shelly Makleff is a Research Fellow at Global and Women's Health, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research focuses on global sexual and reproductive health and the evaluation of social and complex interventions. For over 15 years she has carried out collaborative evaluation and research projects in partnership with non-governmental and community-based partners globally - primarily in Latin America, with additional projects in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Her doctoral research examined the link between comprehensive sexuality education and the prevention of intimate partner violence among young people in Mexico City and explored evaluation methodologies appropriate for complex and social programs. Shelly’s research spans topics of intimate partner violence prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, the evaluation of gender-transformative programming, abortion quality of care, abortion stigma, and gendered social norms. ​Additionally, she has experience with theory of change development and feminist and participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning practices.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, MPH, Columbia University

Public Health and Policy, PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Research area keywords

  • Program Evaluation
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexuality Education
  • Abortion and Reproductive Health Rights
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Social norms


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