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Improving Mental Health Policies

Our work covers research, evaluation, and policy analysis, as well as quality measures, data analytics and quality improvement, and technical assistance and training.

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New Research from the Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants Evaluation
New Report on Early Head Start

How children and families fared in key areas when children were 3 years old.

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The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is designed to be a rich source of data describing the experiences of children and their families in Early Head Start.

The policy debate on accountability in education can be informed by the literature from behavioral science, which makes clear that accountability comes in many forms and that it can produce positive or negative effects. Reviewing the literature, we conclude that an effective accountability regime in...

This recording of the May 2015 CIRE forum features a discussion on how advanced analytics can help policymakers, program administrators, and direct services staff enhance their programs by providing rapid,...

Recent Projects

Mathematica's study for the Packard Foundation is identifying caregivers who provide informal child care in California, learning about their needs for support, and evaluating promising approaches to enhance the quality of children’s experiences in these settings.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Public Private Initiative (APPI) was formed to enhance and evaluate effective collective community-based efforts that seek to prevent ACEs, moderate their effects, and reduce related public and private costs. Mathematica is conducting a rigorous, mixed-method...

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The Building Strong Families project tested whether well-designed interventions help interested couples have stable, healthy relationships, enhance child well-being, increase fathers’ involvement with their children, and lead to more healthy and sustained relationships among unmarried parents.

Research indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations can face disproportionate risks to their economic and social well-being, yet much remains unknown about the needs of these populations and whether federal human service programs are equipped to meet them. Mathematica Policy...

Recent Publications

This brief discusses the varied roles of parents and informal caregivers, their strengths in caring for children, their needs for information and support, and barriers they face in accessing caregiving resources. It also provides recommendations for outreach methods, programs, and policies to address...

The predictive performance of the regression-based models is better than that of the individual claims-based indicators. At a predicted probability threshold chosen to maximize the sum of sensitivity and specificity, sensitivity is 0.72 for beneficiaries age 65 or older and specificity is 0.65. For those...

Each year, about 25,000 young adults “age out” of the foster care system in the United States. At age 18 (or 21 in some states), they are discharged from the system and must immediately find and maintain housing. With little or no family assistance and means of self-sufficiency, the transition is often...

Greater primary care and specialist communication is associated with reduced hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. This effect was magnified in the presence of higher provider-reported HIT use, suggesting that coordination of care with support from HIT is important in the treatment...


This recording of the May 2015 CIRE forum features a discussion on how advanced analytics can help policymakers, program administrators, and direct services staff enhance their programs by providing rapid, reliable, and relevant information.

Mathematica evaluated six programs from the Youth Transition Demonstration. This forum looked at impacts on participant employment, earnings, and other outcomes.

Diane Herz, vice president and managing director of survey research, discusses Mathematica's approach to paradata and the paradata dashboard.

In a new publication released in March, Mathematica senior fellow James Reschovsky unpacked the details of the proposed sustainable growth rate replacement, including the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and several other payment models encouraged in the legislation. Reschovsky and a panel of...

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Mathematica Policy Research is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs since 1968. Considered an architect of social policy research, Mathematica conducted the first social policy experiment in the United States, the New Jersey Negative Income Tax Experiment, to test ways of encouraging low-income individuals to work.