Dr Elaine Byrne is Research Programme Coordinator for the Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (ChRAIC) and Programme Director for the MSc in Community Systems Health Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Additionally she lectures on the Evidence Based Health module at the undergraduate level for medical students and is module lead and lecturer on Practical Approaches to Population Health and Health Services Research - methods and study design (Qualitative).
Elaine has lived and worked in the Southern African region from 1987 until 2008. She obtained her doctorate from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa in Public Health on the design and development of community based health information systems. Her work experience is mainly in the areas of teaching/lecturing and community development projects in education and health, having worked with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Higher Education, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, and the South African National Department of Health. Academic positions include: Lecturer at DCU 1986/87; Senior Lecturer, Harare Polytechnic, Zimbabwe, 1990 - 1994, and; Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2005-2008.
Her community development experience includes: working as part of the World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Support Team (GAMET) to support Uganda’s Aids Control Project (UACP); evaluation of the Integrated Early Childhood and Development (IECD) intervention of the Government of Mozambique – UNICEF (Maputo) programme of cooperation; mid-term and end-term evaluations of the UThukela District Child Survival Project, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and; development of guidelines on a comprehensive child health monitoring and evaluation strategy for the National Department of Health, South Africa.
Her research interests are in health systems research and qualitative research methodology.