Sheila Heaviside

Sheila Heaviside

Senior Survey Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • School-based data collections
  • Educational instrument design
  • Large-scale evaluations
About Sheila

Sheila Heaviside is an experienced director and technical advisor with expertise in designing surveys and collecting high quality data in evaluations for large-scale education surveys.

She currently directs the Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools and the Impact Study of Feedback for Teachers Based on Classroom Videos, guiding instrument development and the collection of surveys, rosters, informed consent, and classroom video recordings. Heaviside served as the survey director for other notable educational studies, including the survey and data collection components of the evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF); a project for the U.S. Department of Education to examine the effectiveness of TIF grants, program models, and features; and the Data Driven Instruction study that gathered data from teachers, principals, and districts. In addition, Heaviside directed the student and classroom observation collection for the Mathematica Curricula and Educational Technology evaluation.

Before joining Mathematica, Heaviside held survey and research positions at Westat, Moss Survey Research Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau. She is the author of many papers and presentations and holds a master’s degree in sociology from Catholic University of America.

Key Projects
  • teaching residency programs
    Study of Teaching Residency Programs

    This study looked at characteristics of federally funded Teaching Residency Programs, including applicants and participants, by measuring program length, required coursework, characteristics of mentor teachers, selection criteria for participants, and retention rates.