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Throughout 2017, Mathematica researchers uncovered evidence that can drive policy for the common good. Here are five studies we want to be sure you didn’t miss. The results of these studies—along with many others—are poised to inform key decisions in 2018 and beyond. We hope you’ll stay tuned.

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Mathematica is conducting this study to provide new information on preschool special education programs and inform policymakers and educators about promising practices to improve outcomes for preschool children with disabilities.

We develop and illustrate a general and innovative method for describing in detail the joint distribution of race and income among neighborhoods when only coarse income data are available.

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

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We develop and illustrate a general and innovative method for describing in detail the joint distribution of race and income among neighborhoods when only coarse income data are available.

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

This report summarizes the progress of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration in the 44 grantee states (including the District of Columbia) that were actively transitioning MFP participants in 2016. This report also describes participant quality of life before and after transitioning.

Excess mortality in marginalized populations could be both a cause and an effect of political processes.

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Early Childhood

Mathematica is conducting this study to provide new information on preschool special education programs and inform policymakers and educators about promising practices to improve outcomes for preschool children with disabilities.

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The Money Follows the Person Demonstration is a federal initiative to help states reduce their reliance on institutional care for people needing long-term care, and expand options for elderly people and individuals with disabilities to receive care in the community.

This study is evaluating these performance-based compensation systems to examine issues like the impact of pay-for-performance on student achievement and educator effectiveness, and helping to answer pressing policy questions about how the programs are designed, communicated, and implemented.

Mathematica’s National Study of the Effectiveness of Educational Technology Interventions was a rigorous evaluation of the efficacy of technology applications designed to improve student learning in math and reading in grades K-12.

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