Jennifer Blum

Jennifer Blum

Principal Researcher
Expertise
  • Designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations
  • Mixed-methods program evaluation in Francophone Africa and other resource-constrained settings
  • Capacity building in research and evaluation
  • International development
Focus Areas
  • International Research
  • Health
About Jennifer

Jennifer Blum has two decades of experience in sexual and reproductive rights, including implementation of and monitoring and evaluation support for research and programs focused on improving care quality and access.

At Mathematica, Blum served as project director for a Rapid Feedback Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning initiative in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. This project evaluated the training and supervision of community relays (RECO) and community health agents (ASC) in a geographic area supported by Jhpiego with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The study team conducted semi-structured telephone interviews with key stakeholders and community providers engaged in the program with the aim of informing the national rollout of the country’s community health strategy. Blum also directed a project with the Collaborative for Gender and Reproductive Equity (CGRE) to build a robust monitoring, learning, and evaluation plan to guide CGRE’s future learning. In addition, she leads several tasks as part of Mathematica’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Before joining Mathematica, Blum was Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Gynuity Health Projects, where she designed and oversaw clinical and implementation research aimed at advancing medication abortion service delivery in the United States and globally. Previously, she was a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she oversaw grantmaking for investments in sub-Saharan Africa and global youth initiatives. Her work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, Contraception, BMC Women’s Health, and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and she is an experienced public speaker and meeting facilitator. Blum holds an M.P.H. from the University of California at Los Angeles.