Dr. Jessani’s background is in international health systems strengthening and health policy. Her primary research and practice lies at the nexus of health policy and systems research; innovations in evidence-informed policy and practice; and the relationship between academia and public policy. Nasreen’s research aims to explore innovative means of quantifying and describing the social and political dimensions of research use in health policy – and the subsequent ramifications for health system governance. Current projects include non-communicable disease research, implementation and decision making; assessing reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality in Exemplar countries; strategic engagement and communication for Covid-19 response; capacity building in knowledge translation and EIDM, amongst others.
Nasreen’s expertise in implementation science and evidence-informed decision making is demonstrated by several peer-reviewed publications as well as the Knowledge Translation Toolkit for which she is co-editor, a series of policy briefs for the European Union on Brokering knowledge and Research Information to support the Development and Governance of health systems in Europe (BRIDGE), and her teaching at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Results of her research and publications as well as contributions to institutional strategy have been used by development agencies to determine priorities for funding, by policy