Jamie Heng-Chieh Wu

Jamie Heng-Chieh Wu

Associate Director for Community Evaluation Programs, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship (OPES)
Principal Investigator, 21st CCLC State Evaluation, GSRP State Evaluation, Expanding Youth-Driven Space Across Southeast Michigan

 

E-Mail: wuhengch@msu.edu

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

Jamie  Heng-Chieh Wu, Ph.D. is the associate director for Community Evaluation Programs at the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship. She conducts program evaluation focusing on programming for youth and children participating in academic and enrichment activities outside of K-12 classrooms. She is co-principal investigator for the longstanding evaluation of Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers out-of-school time programs and principal investigator for the evaluation of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program, which currently provides preschool to one third of Michigan’s 4-year-old children. She also conducts research on youth-driven initiatives that emphasize youth leadership, youth voice, and youth-adult partnerships. She is a member of key coalitions and collaboratives that advocate to strengthen Michigan out-of-school time and preschool networks. In 2018, Dr. Wu was recognized by the National Afterschool Association as one of the most influential people in afterschool research and evaluation. 

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, J. H., Davies, T., & Thoreson, L. (In press, Fall 2020). Giving data a voice through coaching: The Michigan example. In C. Newhouse & C. Russell (Eds.), Measure, use, improve! Data use in Out-of-School Time (pages of chapter). Charlotte, NC: Information age Publishing Inc.  

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

Michigan State University Evaluation Team (2019). Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017-2018 Grantee/Site Data Tables. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University (Program-specific reports to 200+ sites annually)

Michigan State University Evaluation Team (2019). Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017-2018 Leading Indicators Report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University (Program-specific reports to 20+ grantees annually).

Michigan State University Evaluation Team (2019). The Evaluation of Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2017-2018 Annual Report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Wu, J. H., Heintschel, M., Shereda, A. (2019) Expanding youth-driven space across southeast Michigan. Evaluation reports 2018-2019 (Year 1). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Wu, J. H., Lee, K., and Van Egeren, L. A. (2019). Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) State Evaluation 2017-18 Annual Report. Part one: Accessibility and program quality results. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

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Recent Presentations

  • (April 2020)

    Quality and quantity do matter: State-funded preschool program shows learning gains

    Lee, K. & Wu, J. (To be presented in 2020, April). Quality and quantity do matter: State-funded preschool program shows learning gains. Paper to be presented at the 2020 American Education and Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • (April 2019)

    Out-of-school-time program effects on standardized test scores during early adolescence: A multi-level growth modeling approach

    Wu, H. J., Van Egeren, L. A., Yang, N., Prince, B. & Stoddard, D. (2019, April). Out-of-school-time program effects on standardized test scores during early adolescence: A multi-level growth modeling approach. Paper presented at the 2019 American Education and Research Association Annual Meeting, Canada, Toronto.

  • (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

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Current Projects