Ben Verboom

Ben Verboom is currently pursuing his D.Phil (PhD) in Social Intervention at the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence Based Intervention. His doctoral work is examining the role of research evidence in global health policymaking, with the ultimate goal of supporting efforts to foster evidence-informed policy across the global health governance system. Ben's other research interests include the development, implementation, and evaluation of structural-level policy interventions to address complex problems in public health and global development. Working with colleagues at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), he has recently completed development of an 'Evidence gap map' for extreme poverty reduction, an interactive online tool that compiles and summarizes research evidence into actionable policy options for use by policymakers. He is currently the lead author of the first systematic review of combination HIV prevention interventions for men who have sex with men.

Verboom, B., Montgomery, P. & Bennett, S. (2016) "What factors affect evidence-informed policymaking in public health? Protocol for a systematic review of qualitative evidence using thematic synthesis", Systematic Reviews  . doi: 10.1186/s13643-016-0240-6. URL:

Verboom, B, Melendez-Torres, G. & Bonell, C. (2014) "Combination methods for HIV prevention in men who have sex with men (MSM) (Protocol)", The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : 1 . doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010939. URL:

Vojtkova, M., Stevenson, J., Verboom, B., Prasannakumar, Y., Olapade, M., Snilstveit, B. & Davies, P. (2014) "Evidence gap maps of productive safety nets for extreme poverty", 3ie Evidence Gap Map Report  . URL:

Donnelly, P., Kidd, B., Norman, M., Shahzadi, U. & Verboom, B. (2011) "Gender Equity in Canadian Interuniversity Sport: A Biennial Report", Centre for Sport Policy Studies Research Reports  . URL: