This study gathered information on students with and without disabilities, including those needing special education services, those with a condition that qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and others with no identified disability.
- Directing large-scale, multimode surveys
- Instrument design
- Cognitive interviews
- Early Childhood
- College and Career Readiness
- Transition to Adulthood
Tiffany Waits is an expert in managing and overseeing large multimode data collection efforts, survey instrument design, interviewer training, and site observations.
Waits is currently the survey director for the National Longitudinal Transition Study, conducted for the U.S. Department of Education. This multiyear longitudinal study examines the transitions of middle and high school students with and without disabilities from school into adult life. She is also survey director for the Opioid Treatment Program Survey, directing multimode data collection administration conducted at about 1,200 opioid treatment providers. Waits was survey director of the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development, overseeing classroom observation and child assessment data collection and other data collection and survey activities. She also served as survey director of the National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness, and was responsible for recruiting CMOs, districts, and schools into the study, as well as overseeing school lotteries.
Before joining Mathematica in 2004, Waits was a survey manager at Westat. Her research has been published in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of Establishment Surveys and The Quality and Quantity of Contact: African-Americans and Whites on College Campuses. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from American University.
Our Charter School Research: Providing an Objective Voice in the Debate
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences commissioned Mathematica to conduct the first nationwide, lottery-based study of charter schools. The lottery-based design compared outcomes for applicants admitted to the charter middle school through the lottery to outcomes...