Alison Connor

Leads IDinsight's health portfolio and talent development, with a commitment to using data to improve access to quality healthcare and make IDinsighters their most effective selves.

Alison Connor is the Director of Health at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Alison leads IDinsight’s health strategy, identifying new opportunities in the health sector and providing expertise to health projects across all IDinsight offices. Previously, Alison was based in Zambia with IDinsight for 2.5 years. Her past projects include a community-based cluster RCT on childhood immunization financial incentives in rural Nigeria, a learning partnership with the government on Ethiopia, and several demand-focused evaluations with the government of Zambia in both health and social protection. Alison was also a founding member of IDinsight’s technical team and has led internal training and professional development initiatives for the organization.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Alison completed a community-based cohort study in rural Nepal for her dissertation, measuring the prevalence of misuse of uterotonics during labor and delivery and the adverse health consequences for mothers and newborns.

Alison holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and a PhD in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


List of Projects


Selected Publications

  • “A Cluster Randomised Trial on the Impact of Integrating Early Infant HIV Diagnosis with the Expanded Programme on Immunization on Immunization and HIV Testing Rates in Rural Health Facilities in Southern Zambia.” (with Wang PC, Mwango A, Moberley S, Brockman BJ, Connor AL, Kalesha-Masumbu P, et al.) PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141455, October 29, 2015. (Article)

  • “Measuring the impact of non‐monetary incentives on facility delivery in rural Zambia: a clustered randomised controlled trial” (with P. Wang A. L. Connor E. Guo M. Nambao P. Chanda‐Kapata N. Lambo C. Phiri.). Tropical Medicine & International Health, February 5, 2016. (Article)

  • “Community point distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets and community health worker hang-up visits in rural Zambia: a decision-focused evaluation” (with Wang P, Connor AL, Joudeh AS, et al.). Malar J. 2016;15:140. Published 2016 Mar 3. doi:10.1186/s12936-016-1165- 1. (Article)

  • “The Impact of SMS-Based Interventions on VMMC Uptake in Lusaka Province, Zambia: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (with Leiby K, Connor A, Tsague L, et al.). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016;72 Suppl 4(Suppl 4):S264–S272. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000001040. (Article)