Jennifer Blum

Jennifer Blum

Principal Researcher
Pronouns she/her

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 serves as principal investigator on the Descriptive Study of Title X Grantees for the Office of Population Affairs. She is the project director of the Quality Family Planning (QFP) Guidelines Report which aims to update and re-envision the QFP recommendations for providers of family planning services in the United States. This project includes a series of systematic literature reviews and environmental scans to form the evidence base for the report, and convening an expert work group and technical expert panels to review the evidence and inform the recommendations that will comprise the QFP report. She is also leads an impact evaluation of the USAID funded YouthPower2Learning Kefeta project in Ethiopia. She also is a member-at-large on Mathematica’s Corporate Giving Committee and represents the international division on the corporate-wide DEI initiative.

Previously she 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 and community health agents 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 led several activities as part of Mathematica’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, including leading the Quality Innovation Challenge, a global grant-making challenge to foster new innovations and new voices in global SRHR.

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.

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations
  • Implementation research
  • Capacity building in research and evaluation
  • International development
Focus Area Topics
  • Global
  • Human Services
  • Health

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