Dr. Hamida Jinnah is an Assistant Research Faculty and Program Evaluation Specialist at the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) UCEDD at the University of Georgia. She has her PhD in Human Development and Family Science from University of Georgia, with an emphasis in Program Evaluation and Non-profit management. She has been a UCEDD trainee since 2006. She was born in India and completed her undergraduate studies in Human Development and Family Science from University of Mumbai, India. She has completed a national fellowship on diversity and cultural competence with the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and is an active member of disability and other diversity groups within the organization. She is the faculty mentor for diversity fellow at IHDD, and has developed curriculum focusing on cultural competence in disability research and practice. She also guides internal evaluations of various projects at IHDD.
Her research interests focus on exploring the needs of parents of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities related to child care, education, health and transition planning for their youth. She focuses on developing and evaluating interventions focusing on family-centered care for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also focuses on injury and disability prevention in youth, including preventing injuries in individuals with disabilities.
She has expertise and experience evaluating a wide variety of programs, including health, education and human service programs for children, youth, and families. She uses a multi-method approach to evaluation and has experience in both randomized control evaluations using large data sets and qualitative focus groups. She has expertise in developing logic models, conducting strategic planning, needs assessment, formative (process) and summative (outcome) evaluations for organizations.