Katherine Shields, a senior researcher and program evaluator specializing in education, leads studies that provide new insights into strategies for effective college and career readiness and success for youth in and out of school, college students, and adults. She brings extensive expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, quasi-experimental design, psychometric analysis, multilevel modeling, survey design, and collaborative research.

Shields leads a study of career and technical education and work-based learning outcomes funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), and research on a STEM entrepreneurship program for high school students funded by the National Science Foundation. As a senior researcher for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, she facilitates the New York Research Partnership for Alternative Pathways with the New York State Education Department.

Recently, Shields co-led the REL event “Setting Up For Success.” She regularly publishes her findings in journals and is the lead author of a recent IES report.

Shields holds an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from Boston College.