Sanjeev Sridharan


Director, The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Intervention


Sanjeev Sridharan is the Director of the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michaels Hospital and Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Prior to his position at Toronto, he was the Head of the Evaluation Program and Senior Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh.

His areas of interest are health inequities, evaluation methodology and evaluation of complex policies. He has worked on a large range of international development and global health initiatives including the Teasdale-Corti initiative, Grand Challenges Canada, Gender Inequities in India and China Health Systems Reform.

His work over the last decade has been funded from a variety of sources including the International Development Research Centre, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, World Health Organization, Scottish Executive, NHS Health Scotland, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UNICEF South Asia and U.S. Department of Justice. He is presently working closely with the China National Health Development Research Centre to build evaluation capacity in the health sector in China. He is also working on an initiative to develop a post-graduate program in evaluation in five South Asian countries. He is also advising the Ministry of Health in Chile on utilizing evaluation approaches to redesign health policies in Chile. He is on the board of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, and the journal of Evaluation and Program Planning.

Recent Publications

  1. Sridharan, S, Pereira, A, Hay, K, Dey, A, Chandurkar, D, Veldhuizen, S et al.. Heterogeneities in utilization of antenatal care in Uttar Pradesh, India: the need to contextualize interventions to individual contexts. Glob Health Action. 2018;11 (1):1517929. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2018.1517929. PubMed PMID:30422101 PubMed Central PMC6237162.
  2. Sridharan, S, Bondy, M, Nakaima, A, Heller, RF. The potential of an online educational platform to contribute to achieving sustainable development goals: a mixed-methods evaluation of the Peoples-uni online platform. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018;16 (1):106. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0381-2. PubMed PMID:30419943 PubMed Central PMC6233379.
  3. Sridharan, S, Dey, A, Seth, A, Chandurkar, D, Singh, K, Hay, K et al.. Towards an understanding of the multilevel factors associated with maternal health care utilization in Uttar Pradesh, India. Glob Health Action. 2017;10 (1):1287493. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1287493. PubMed PMID:28681668 PubMed Central PMC5533144.
  4. Nakaima, A, Sridharan, S. Reflections on experiential learning in evaluation capacity building with a community organization, Dancing With Parkinson's. Eval Program Plann. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.05.002. PubMed PMID:28619459 .
  5. Nylen, K, Sridharan, S. Experiments in evaluation capacity building: Enhancing brain disorders research impact in Ontario. Eval Program Plann. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.05.003. PubMed PMID:28578855 .
  6. Sridharan, S, Nakaima, A. Valuing and embracing complexity: How an understanding of complex interventions needs to shape our evaluation capacities building initiatives. Eval Program Plann. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.05.001. PubMed PMID:28559153 .
  7. Sridharan, S, Maplazi, J, Shirodkar, A, Richardson, E, Nakaima, A. Incorporating gender, equity, and human rights into the action planning process: moving from rhetoric to action. Glob Health Action. ;9 :30870. doi: 10.3402/gha.v9.30870. PubMed PMID:27606968 PubMed Central PMC5015636.
  8. Sridharan, S, Jones, B, Caudill, B, Nakaima, A. Steps towards incorporating heterogeneities into program theory: A case study of a data-driven approach. Eval Program Plann. 2016;58 :88-97. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.05.002. PubMed PMID:27344483 .
  9. Stergiopoulos, V, Hwang, SW, Gozdzik, A, Nisenbaum, R, Latimer, E, Rabouin, D et al.. Effect of scattered-site housing using rent supplements and intensive case management on housing stability among homeless adults with mental illness: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2015;313 (9):905-15. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.1163. PubMed PMID:25734732 .
  10. Daibes, I, Sridharan, S. Where theory and practice of global health intersect: the developmental history of a Canadian global health initiative. Glob Health Action. 2014;7 :23974. doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.23974. PubMed PMID:25062789 PubMed Central PMC4111873.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto