Marykate Zukiewicz
Human Services

Marykate Zukiewicz

Senior Researcher
Name Pronunciation Zoo-ka-witz
Pronouns she/her/hers

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 K-12 education, justice, and family support. Her expertise includes designing, conducting, and synthesizing evaluations and providing technical assistance.

Committed to translating evidence into practice, Zukiewicz has worked with foundations and agencies across the country in using research and analytic methods to inform strategic planning and to improve program quality. Recently, she directed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Secondary Writing project, which provided measurement and evaluation technical assistance to grantees and the foundation to generate evidence on programs and solutions designed to improve student writing. Based in Denver, she also led several technical assistance projects in Colorado, including rapid-cycle evaluations within education and human service agencies. She directed two mixed methods studies geared towards the improvement of reentry services in Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab and Colorado Department of Corrections.

Zukiewicz also brings to her work years of experience conducting rigorous, mixed methods research evaluations. In the area of K-12 education, she led the U.S. Department of Education’s Education and Innovation Research evaluation of TNTP’s Turnaround Leadership Teams Strategy, an implementation and impact evaluation that utilized a randomized controlled trial design. She also directed an implementation study examining 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.

  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Human-centered design
  • Rapid-cycle testing and evaluation
Focus Area Topics
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Family Support
  • Effective Data Use
  • Teacher and Principal Preparation and Support
  • Early Childhood
  • Systematic Evidence Reviews

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