Marykate Zukiewicz

Marykate Zukiewicz

Senior Researcher
Name Pronunciation: Zoo-ka-witz
Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Human-centered design
  • Rapid-cycle testing and evaluation
Focus Areas
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Family Support
  • Effective Data Use
  • Teacher and Principal Preparation and Support
  • Early Childhood
  • Systematic Evidence Reviews
About Marykate

Marykate Zukiewicz has more than a decade of experience leading and supporting research evaluations, collaborative partnerships to support learning and strategy, and systematic evidence reviews. Her cross-disciplinary work has spanned the areas of education, justice, family support, and early childhood programs. She also provides leadership on equity-focused projects, convenings, and initiatives.

Committed to translating evidence into practice, Zukiewicz has worked with foundations and agencies across the country in using research and analytic methods to inform decision making and strategic planning and to improve program quality. She is trained in LUMA Institute’s human-centered design approach and is a skilled user of Mathematica’s Learn, Innovate, Improve framework to support continuous improvement efforts. Based in Denver, she has led several coaching projects in Colorado, including rapid-cycle evaluations within education and human service agencies.

Zukiewicz brings to her work years of experience conducting rigorous, mixed methods research evaluations in education and justice. In education, she currently serves as project director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Education and Innovation Research impact evaluation of the TNTP program and has served as a task lead on the Teach For America Investing in Innovation study and a federal evaluation of data-driven instruction. In the area of justice, she has served as project director on a mixed methods study of reentry programs in Colorado and recently directed an implementation study to better understand state-level support for incarcerated parents under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Before joining Mathematica, Zukiewicz served as a corps member in Teach For America’s New York City program and worked as a legislative director on the New York City Council. She holds an M.P.A. from New York University and an M.Ed. in bilingual education from City University of New York.

Key Projects
  • Modeling Successful Reentry Practices in Colorado

    Mathematica in partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) Division of Adult Parole and the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) will leverage an existing data set to examine ways to target reentry services so that they can best help reduce incarceration across the state.

  • How Effective Is Home Visiting?

    The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness project is a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5.

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