Emilyn Whitesell

Emilyn Whitesell

Areas of Expertise
  • K-12 education policy
  • Program evaluation
  • Education
  • School Choice and Charters
  • Teacher and Principal Preparation and Support
  • Human Services
About Emilyn

Emilyn Whitesell has experience conducting research and program evaluation in a variety of topic areas within K–12 education policy, including charter schools, teacher preparation and support, school accountability, and student mobility.

Whitesell leads analysis tasks for several evaluations of charter management organizations, including Uncommon Schools and Democracy Prep Public Schools. For the Study of Feedback for Teachers Based on Classroom Videos, she is involved in recruiting districts and conducting quantitative analysis.

In addition, she has conducted descriptive analysis and led school district data collection for the Youth CareerConnect evaluation. Her previous work includes evaluations of the Urban Advantage science program and studies on student mobility and school accountability in New York City. 

Before she joined Mathematica in 2015, Whitesell taught high school English in the Indianapolis Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from New York University.

Key Projects
  • What Works Clearinghouse
    What Works Clearinghouse

    The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.

  • Youth CareerConnect Evaluation

    The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.

  • Home Visiting
    How Effective Is Home Visiting?

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