Sara Woldehanna is a social science researcher and evaluator with 18 years of experience in the design, implementation, and review of social science research, as well as expertise in a variety of qualitative and quantitative designs and methods (e.g. rapid appraisals, participatory research methods, randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, population based surveys). She has a long track record of designing rigorous studies to explore critical social and public health issues, and formative and summative program evaluations. Ms. Woldehanna is experienced with Institutional Review Boards, advanced statistical analysis, computer assisted qualitative analysis, results interpretation, dissemination, and capacity building. In addition, Ms. Woldehanna is knowledgeable of established frameworks and innovations in evaluation approaches and has an understanding of complex systems change processes and tools. In her role as Director of the Global Health practice at IBTCI, Ms. Woldehanna is responsible for technical expertise and management support across the GHP’s portfolio.
Prior to IBTCI, Ms. Woldehanna served as Evaluation Manager at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) where she helped facilitate the creation of organization-wide evaluation frameworks and guided learning and change across the association. Previously, Ms. Woldehanna worked as Scientist for FHI 360/AED where she was a Principal Investigator for a variety of multi-country donor funded public health projects spanning topics from emerging pandemic threats (One Health) to HIV & AIDS.
Ms. Woldehanna earned a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology, with a concentration in Community Health, from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in pollution control from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in Physics from Randolph Macon Woman’s College. She is a native Amharic speaker and is fluent in English.