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Maria Vittoria Bufali

Bocconi University

Maria Vittoria Bufali

I am a researcher at the Centre for Research on Health and Social Care Management (CeRGAS) of Bocconi University, in Milan. After graduating from the MSc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institution at Bocconi University, I completed my PhD in Management at the Strathclyde Business School of the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK).


Countries Italy;
Topics Ageing in place; Home/domiciliary care; New models of care; Outcome measurement in LTC; Social Innovation in LTC; Technology and LTC; Unmet needs;
Methods Case studies; Document analysis; Focus groups; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Questionnaire; Systematic Review; Thematic analysis; Theory and frameworks; Theory of Change;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Quasi-experimental methods;
Research interests

My research interests involve: outcome and economic evaluations of social and healthcare interventions; social, public sector and technological innovation; needs assessments and service management and co-design.

Key publications

Bufali, M. V., Calò, F., Morton A., & Connelly, G. (2023). Scaling social innovation: a cross-cultural comparative study of school-based mentoring interventions. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 1-27.

Bufali, M. V., Connelly, G., & Morton, A. (2023). Putting school-based mentors’ experience into context: a mixed-methods cross-country comparison. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

Bufali, M. V., Connelly, G., & Morton, A. (2023). Examining holistically the experiences of mentors in school-based programs: a Logic Analysis. Journal of Community Psychology, 1-23.

Kung, E., Bufali, M. V., & Morton, A. (2021). A visual approach to the economic evaluation of vaccines: opening the health economic black box. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, 1-10.

Millar, R., Morton, A., Bufali, M. V., Engels, S., Dabak, S. V., Isaranuwatchai, W., … & Teerawattananon, Y. (2021). Assessing the performance of health technology assessment (HTA) agencies: developing a multi-country, multi-stakeholder, and multi-dimensional framework to explore mechanisms of impact. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 19(1), 1-14.

Ricciuti, E., & Bufali, M. V. (2019). The health and social impact of Blood Donors Associations: A Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis. Evaluation and program planning, 73, 204-213.

Conference papers:
Piriu, A., Bufali, M. V., Cappellaro, G., Compagni, A., & Torbica, A. (2024). Conceptualisation and Measurement of Healthy Ageing: Insights from a Systematic Literature Review. General Meeting Age-It, Venice, 20-22 May.

Formenti, L., Bufali, M. V., Cataldi, L., Marzullo, M. L., Compagni, A., Nazio, T., Principi, A., Mele, C., Cino, D., Loberto, F. R., & Socci, M. (2024). Transitions in older age: an interdisciplinary meta-narrative. General Meeting Age-It, Venice, 20-22 May.

Notarnicola, E., Bufali, M. V., Manfredi, S., Rotolo, A., & Saporito, R. (2023). Valuing crisis-driven collaborative Public Sector Innovations. IRSPM, International Research Society for Public Management, Budapest, 3-5 April.