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 interests include:
- Youth leadership and civic engagement
- 21st Century skills and social emotional learning (SEL)
- Program quality and evaluation
- Parks and recreation management