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In 1968, Mathematica led the nation’s first major social research experiment, helping to spur a revolution in the application of social science to public policies and programs. For more than four decades, social scientists have revised and refined those methods, but the gold standard for research remained...

Mathematica 2018 Summer Fellows

Mathematica Summer Fellows describe their current work and talk about how they feel their summer fellowship at Mathematica is preparing them for their next steps.

Making Evidence Matter: Tips for Researchers

With today’s policymakers grappling with increasingly complex, high-stakes problems, here are a few tips for how researchers can provide accessible, objective, and trustworthy evidence to inform decision making when it counts most.

Diana McCallum, Felicia Hurwitz, and Cheryl Behany represented REL Mid-Atlantic at the 2018 Research to Practice Conference.

School’s out for summer—but that doesn’t mean REL Mid-Atlantic is on summer break. We’ve been hard at work helping states, districts, and other stakeholders use evidence to address pressing education issues.

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This report presents findings from a study of the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs’ impacts on employment and earnings.

This paper evaluates a program sponsored by the Millennium Challenge Corporation to promote civic participation in local governance in Rwanda.

This report summarizes impact findings from Mathematica’s evaluation of two Healthy Marriage programs for low-income couples.

This study quantifies the beneficiary-level prevalence, duration, and size of work-related overpayments. Among other notable findings, the results establish the high prevalence of overpayments among beneficiaries who engage in substantial gainful activity: more than 7 in 10 were overpaid.

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Mathematica is developing reliable and valid quality measures for certain groups of people enrolled in Medicaid who have the highest costs and greatest needs for health care and social support.

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This survey collects data on the employment-related activities of working-age SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. Mathematica has been conducting the NBS since its inception in 2004 and we will be implementing additional survey rounds in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration commissioned Mathematica to conduct a national random assignment evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker programs' effectiveness.

The study was the first nationally representative experimental evaluation of a federal employment and training program for disadvantaged youth. From late 1994 to early 1996, nearly 81,000 eligible applicants nationwide were randomly assigned to either a program or control group.

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    John Carsley has two decades of experience building and managing information systems. He played a key role in designing and programming Mathematica’s computer-assisted personal interviewing system.

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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.