Sheila is deeply involved in gathering the highest quality data for informing clients’ future work and presenting it in a clear, thought-provoking manner. Her focus is on developing data collection instruments, collecting data, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and producing deliverables. She also works identifying and integrating appropriate secondary data sources to complement existing data, often providing clients data on how their programs compare to others.
Sheila currently serves on and manages an array of applied research and evaluation projects focusing on education and youth engagement, many of which are multi-year projects. Currently, she serves on the multi-year evaluation teams for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation’s After-school and Summer Enrichment Program, the Foundation for Jewish Camp Specialty Camps Incubator I and II, Hillel’s Ask Big Questions and Interfaith Youth Core. She has also recently worked with PJ Library, Repair the World, California Competes, the Sobrato Family Foundation, the Walton Foundation and Jewish Student Connection. Because of her strong quantitative skill set, she also provides support to many other project teams as needed.
Prior to her work at Informing Change, Sheila worked as a consultant for ALPS Solutions (formerly SWA Consulting Inc.) in Raleigh, NC. At SWA, she worked with nonprofit clients and a U.S. Department of Defense funded contract on projects including test development and validation as well as training effectiveness evaluations. She also played a leading role on an U.S. Department of Education funded grant to perform the most recent census of K–12 foreign language students in U.S. public schools.
Sheila holds a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from East Carolina University and a BA in Psychology from DePauw University.