Sarah Blake is a Staff Associate in the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program. She conducts qualitative and mixed-methods research and supports the Council’s work to promote evidence-based girl-centered programming. In this role, she contributes to the development of practical tools and approaches to translate evidence into practical programmatic decision-making, and she provides technical assistance and capacity strengthening support to partners in the design and strengthening of interventions across diverse social and geographic contexts. Her previous work has included support to community-based and international NGO partner members of the Sierra Leone Adolescent Girls Network and members of the multi-country DREAMS Initiative.
Blake’s research draws on interdisciplinary and sociological approaches to explore the interactions amongst global health and development discourse and practice, national policy, community social norms and processes and programmatic interventions as they relate to adolescent girls’ education and health. She also supports the Council’s ongoing efforts to gather evidence on gendered effects and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent girls and boys in low resource settings.
Before joining the Council, Blake was an independent consultant and a founding member of the Torchlight Collective. As a consultant, she provided strategic and programming support to international NGO and donor clients. In addition, she has supported the development and implementation of mixed methods evaluations of adolescent girls’ health and well-being interventions with UNFPA and the Lerner Center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Blake is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health; an MSc in Gender, Development, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA in Religious Studies from Pomona College.