Dr Ana Manzano
- Position: Associate Professor in Public Policy
- Areas of expertise: evaluation and applied health care; realist evaluation; social research methods; patient preferences; decision-making; multiple sclerosis; health crime; global health; organ donation, maternal health
- Email: A.Manzano@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1290
- Location: 11.20 Social Sciences Building
- Website: https://crimson.leeds.ac.uk/ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I am an applied social scientist working mostly with healthcare disciplines bringing methodological expertise in the research and evaluation of complex public policy issues. I am interested in the relationship between research methods, evidence and policy making particularly at the health-social interface.
I worked in hospitals for 10 years before moving to academia. I love everything about hospitals: the smell, the food, the people who work there every day and especially, the people who use hospital services.
I am part of the pioneering research group (RAMESES II) developing methodological standards in realist evaluation methods.
- Director Postgraduate Research Studies
- Director Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Training (AQUALM) ESRC White Rose DTP
My research has involved applying a range of social research methods to evaluate applied healthcare interventions. I collaborate with health professionals, other social scientists and health service researchers to develop evaluations of complex interventions using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.
My past research has covered treatment decision-making in multiple sclerosis; an evaluation of a programme to improve maternal health in Nigeria; an evaluation of hospital discharge policy in the UK, learning disabilities user led quality measures/matrix in the NHS; organ donation policy, emergency mental health hospital admissions and developing reporting and quality standards in healthcare evaluation (RAMESES II study).
Current projects include:
RETORNO: Interventions on Social Determinants of Health: A comparative study of returned migrants from the UK and Spain post-Brexit referendum (April 2021- April 2022) funded by Horizon 2020-MSCA-IF-2019 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships with Dr Pilar Serrano-Gallardo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
RESPONSE Improving health systems responsiveness to neglected health needs of vulnerable groups in Ghana and Vietnam (Apr 2020 – Sept 2023) funded by MRC / DFID / Wellcome / ESRC.
Past projects include:
RAMESES II: Developing quality and reporting standards and resources and training materials for realist evaluation. Check out our Quality Standards for Evaluators and Peer-reviewers, Quality Standards for Funders or Commissioners, Reporting Standards and Training Materials (1000 words definitions on key realist concepts and realist cartoons)
CRIMSON Considering Risks and Benefits in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Selection. Designing a Discrete Choice Experiment and a Decision Aid funded by the UK MS Society. Check our Interactive Online Patient Decision Aid Tool: https://relapsingmsdecisions.com/
REVAMP A realist evaluation of community health workers programme improving maternal and child health in Nigeria. Five year study funded by the Medical Research Council. Check this video for our summary of study findings: What makes a successful maternal and child health (MCH) programme
Evaluating the Impact of Global Digital Health Communities: The Case of Multiple Sclerosis. Study funded by the ESRC (Impact Acceleration) in collaboration with Shift.ms Co- investigators Dr Albert Varela and Dr Edward Webb (Academic Unit of Health Economics). Download our Mesuring Impact Toolkit for Digital Communities
- RETORNO: Interventions on Social Determinants of Health – A comparative study of returned migrants from the UK and Spain post Brexit referendum
- PhD in Sociology & Social Policy
- BA (Hons)
- European Evaluation Society
I have taught in many modules in the School. I am currently the module convenor for the Policy and Programme Evaluation module at Masters level.
I am Co-director of Postgraduate Research Studies in the School of Sociology and Policy. I am the Director of Advanced Qualitative Methods (AQUALM) at the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.