Karen Finnegan

Bonds Lab


Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientific Director, PIVOT

Karen  is an epidemiologist and health systems researcher with more than a decade of experience conducting public health research in sub-Saharan Africa. My work focuses on operations research in Madagascar, including improving and evaluating existing data systems for research. I work as a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School and serve as the Associate Scientific Director for PIVOT, a non-governmental healthcare organization which works to strengthen the health system in Madagascar. In addition to leading research at PIVOT, I am the primary mentor for the organization’s Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. From 2011-2013, I was the Associate Director of Research and Monitoring and Evaluation at Partners In Health Rwanda, responsible for overseeing data collection for a $15M health systems strengthening grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which included a population-based household survey, annual facility surveys, and other data collection activities. I have led workshops on data quality assessment and improvement, and using routine health systems data in Rwanda and Malawi.