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Yin Jien Lee

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

HU034 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Research interests

I am interested in research related to the implementation and evaluation of health interventions, health services delivery, health policy, and system research. 

My research interest includes the understanding of how health policies are developed and implemented from a systemic perspective, tracing the influences that stakeholders have over policy outcomes and system behavior, and identifying high-impact levers to alter system behaviors to achieve desirable outcomes. 

By nature, this multidisciplinary research encompasses economics, sociology, political science, public administration, public health, and epidemiology. Hence, my primary research methodology is system dynamics, a system modeling approach to study real-world complex social issues. This approach facilitates transdisciplinary research through drawing relevant yet segregated actors and sectors together, which usually are studied separately, to provide comprehensive pictures of the causal relationships within the health systems and with the social system. As a system dynamics model is a simulation model, it can be used as a platform to integrate cross-sectoral data and to monitor and assess system-wide performance.

Other methodologies I used in my research include group model building, user group study, data triangulation, evidence synthesis, data analysis, and systematic literature review.


At UiA, my research aims to advance the field of theory-based evaluation approach through leveraging the existing efforts of the Bihar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) partners and the Bihar Technical Support Program (BTSP) in assessing and evaluating the impacts of interventions carried out between 2012 to 2019. 

The purpose of this study is threefold:

(1) to develop an evaluation approach that can assess the impact of the frontline health worker (FLW) platform and explain the causal pathway (a theory) between this intervention and the outcomes;

(2) to develop a system dynamics model that can be used to test and validate the established theory in the previous point; and

(3) to use this evaluation approach as a policy learning tool to enhance accountability and program impact.

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