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Heng-Chieh (Jamie) Wu

Co-principal Investigator, 21st CCLC State Evaluation
Principal Investigator, Development of Youth-adult Partnership Rubric
Academic Specialist, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative

E-Mail: wuhengch@msu.edu

Department Web page: http://cerc.msu.edu

Heng-Chieh Jamie Wu, Ph.D., is a research academic specialist in the Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative at University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. She serves as one of the principal investigators for the statewide evaluation of Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers—the only federally funded afterschool programs to date. Working closely with Michigan Department of Education and Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, she leads the evaluation team to provide ongoing monitoring of program implementation and support data-driven practices for 300 funded programs across the state.

In addition to ensuring team productivity, her primary responsibilities include creating and disseminating publications for research and policy advocacy, writing grants, and collaborating with other key stakeholders serving children, youth, and families. She is on the steering committee for the Michigan After-School Partnership and serves on various committees for professional development conferences affiliated with the Michigan Afterschool Association and its network. Her previous projects include the development of the Youth-Adult Partnership Rubric funded by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, evaluation of Youth-Driven Space, and evaluation for the MSU International Engagement in Mexico Study Abroad Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s in leisure studies, a Ph.D. in parks and recreation with a specialization in women’s and gender studies, and a youth development specialist certificate from Michigan State University.

Research and professional interests include:

  • Intervention implementation and impact studies related to children, youth, and families
  • Out-of-school time programming and evaluation
  • Play, recreation, and youth development
  • The development of 21st-century skills and social emotional learning

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Recent Publications

Wu, H. J., Kornbluh, M., Weiss, J., & Rody, L. (2016). Measuring and understanding authentic youth engagement. Afterschool Matters, 23(Spring), 8–17.

Wu, H-C., Van Egeren, L. A., & Weikart Center TACSS Team. (2016). Frequently asked questions about the Leading Indicators Report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.


Recent Reports

Wu, H.-C., Van Egeren, L. A., Bates, L., & MSU Evaluation Team. (2017, April). Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2015-16 annual report. Michigan Department of Education.

Wu, H. J., & Van Egeren, L. A. (2016). Social-emotional learning in Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool programs linked to improved school behavior. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Wu, H. J., Van Egeren, L. A., Bates, L. V. & The MSU Evaluation Team (2016). Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation 2014-2015 Annual Report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. 

Wu, H. C., Van Egeren, L. A., & Bates, L. V. (2015, June). Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2013-14 annual report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Wu, H. J., Weiss, J., Kornbluh, M., & Roddy, L. (2014). Youth-adult partnership rubric: A tool for professional development and program evaluation in youth settings. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. Retrieved from http://cerc.msu.edu/yaprubric

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Recent Presentations

  • (October 2016)

    Social-emotional learning in afterschool programs linked to improved school behaviors

    Wu, H.-C. & Van Egeren , L. A.

    Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Recreation and Park Association Conference

    St. Louis, Missouri

  • (April 2016)

    Multilevel latent class analysis (MLCA) as an alternative classification method for program evaluation

    Chang, C., Maier, K. S., Houang, R. T., Van Egeren, L., & Wu, H. -C.

    Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association

    Washington, D.C.

  • (September 2015)

    Recreation participation in afterschool programs related to better school performance

    Wu, H.-C., & Van Egeren, L. A.

    Paper presented at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress

    Las Vegas, Nevada

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