Sheila Heaviside

Sheila Heaviside

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Educational data collection
  • Educational instrument design
  • Respondent incentives
About Sheila

Sheila Heaviside is an experienced director and technical advisor for large-scale education surveys.

She currently directs the first-ever national longitudinal study of middle grade students, which involves surveying more than 4,000 sixth- to eighth-grade students in 50 schools nationwide. For this effort, she leads the recruitment team for cognitive laboratory interviews and focus groups she also oversees the design of a tracking system for student, teacher, parent, and school administrator surveys, as well as observation instruments and administrative records.

Heaviside is the survey director for other notable educational studies, including a study of teacher residency programs for preparing teachers through a process like a medical residency. On this project, she directs teacher sample frame development, surveys, and all data collection efforts. She also directs 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.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Heaviside held survey and research positions at Westat, Inc., Research Triangle Institute, Moss Survey Research Center, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Author of many papers and presentations, Heaviside holds a master’s 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.