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Dr Sarah Barnett /

Head of Evidence, Insights and Learning

Sarah has a PhD in Public Health, and two decades of experience working in low- and middle-income countries across Africa and Asia (including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Eswatini, India, Laos, Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Tanzania). She is a public health specialist with expertise in monitoring, evaluation and research; sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health; health systems strengthening; and quality of care. Sarah has experience in programme monitoring and evaluation, third party monitoring, and stand-alone research projects, with a particular focus on undertaking both quantitative and qualitative primary research and analysis, including national level surveys.

Before joining Crown Agents, Sarah spent five years overseeing four randomised controlled trials of community mobilisation interventions, and was Principal Investigator on a trial aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, which was awarded Global Trial of the year by the Society for Clinical Trials. She is experienced at providing technical support to the implementation of large-scale, long-term government health systems strengthening programmes, and provided technical oversight to the transfer of Nepal’s health management information system onto DHIS-2.

She has published extensively, including many peer reviewed journal articles.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, skiing, and backpacking.