Research shows that the earliest years of life are a critical period of human development. Young children’s earliest relationships and experiences have a strong influence on brain development and a child’s future health and well-being.
- Multi-method evaluation
- Implementation analysis
- Cost and benefit-cost analysis
- Qualitative methods
- Evaluation technical assistance
- Early Childhood
- Child Welfare
- Family Support
- Youth Development
- TANF and Employment Issues
Andrew Burwick has more than 15 years of experience evaluating the implementation and costs of family support, early childhood, and child welfare programs and policies. In addition to conducting rigorous studies of human services, he supports clients in developing research and learning agendas and delivers evaluation technical assistance.
Burwick has substantial experience analyzing programmatic costs and benefits. He has designed and directed cost analyses of center-based early childhood education, early childhood home visiting, and interventions to address trauma among children and adults in the child welfare system. As principal investigator for the Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation, funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, Burwick led implementation and benefit-cost analyses of an innovative life skills education program for hard-to-employ adults.
Burwick also has worked with government agencies and foundations to develop research agendas. He directed a project for OPRE to identify the knowledge base and research needs related to human services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, including youth and adults. For the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he is contributing to an effort to develop an equity-focused research agenda on policies to support families with young children.
As an experienced provider of evaluation technical assistance, Burwick supports funders and service providers in specifying theories of change, logic models, and measures of program fidelity and outcomes. He currently assists state and county agencies that are developing and evaluating interventions intended to prevent homelessness among youth aging out of foster care.
Burwick has presented his work to a range of research, policy, and practitioner audiences and served on the steering committee of the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroup. He holds an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Developing a Policy Research Agenda for Low-Income Families with Young Children
PREP: Supporting Evaluation and Innovation in Promising Youth Pregnancy Prevention Programs
This project builds on Mathematica’s study of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), and a complementary evaluation technical assistance project, to support evaluations of promising oregnancy prevention programs led by PREP grantees and develop curricula for underserved youth populations.
Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education
The goal of the project is to create an instrument to measure implementation and costs of providing ECE services in centers that serve children from birth to age 5. The project focuses on measuring each center’s efforts to support quality ECE and the costs of operating the center.
Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs to Prevent Child Maltreatment
This national cross-site evaluation was designed to (1) examine the degree to which system change occurred, (2) document the fidelity with which the program models were implemented, and (3) identify implementation strategies and challenges.
Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations: Identifying the Knowledge Base and Developing a Research Agenda
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...
Building an Equity-Focused Policy Research Agenda in Support of Children’s Health and Well-Being
Many low-income people—often families of color and rural families—lack access to programs that support children’s health, development, and well-being.
Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations
A report, related issue brief, and research recommendation briefs look at LGBT populations' characteristics and interactions with human services and identify data gaps.