We are designing and implementing surveys of grantees and youth to evaluate impacts, costs, and operation of this program that helps young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets, such as community centers and schools.
- Business process improvement and management
- Quality assurance
- Survey methodology and time use measurement
- Employment and health survey research
- Vulnerable populations, including immigrants, older adults, and low-income youth
- Population Health
- Training and Reemployment
- Youth Employment
Lisa Schwartz brings more than 20 years of survey and research experience to her role, directing efforts in business development, quality assurance, client relations, and innovative business practices. She currently leads several corporate initiatives, including the design of the company’s systems to support its business processes, the implementation of training programs for senior-level staff, and efforts to incorporate administrative data into study designs.
In addition to her management responsibilities, Schwartz is a leading expert in employment and health survey research, with experience designing and managing qualitative and quantitative studies of vulnerable populations. Her expertise includes designing multimode surveys, one-on-one semistructured interviews, cognitive interviews, focus group protocols, interviewer and respondent debriefings, split-ballot pretests, and usability testing.
She currently directs a study for the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. As principal investigator and Mathematica’s project director for the Impact Evaluation of the YouthBuild Program, she is responsible for the design of youth and grantee surveys that measure program impacts and implementation. The evaluation measures core program outcomes, including educational attainment, postsecondary planning, employment, earnings, delinquency and involvement with the criminal justice system, and youth social and emotional development. She co-directs a study for the Social Security Administration that examines differences in administrative records and the estimates of earnings from surveys. For the Evaluation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, she worked with researchers from Social Policy Research Associates to conduct an implementation and outcomes analysis of the program. The study used a mixed-methods approach that included in-depth interviews, site visits, focus groups, and an analysis of outcomes data recorded in the program’s management information system.
Before joining Mathematica in 2005, Schwartz was a senior research scientist at NORC and associate program manager for the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She also designed modules for the Current Population Survey.
Schwartz served on the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s data collection programs. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Monthly Labor Review and Educational Gerontology, and presents at professional conferences sponsored by the Association of Change Management Professionals, American Association for Public Opinion Research, American Psychological Association, and others. Her work has been recognized for exceptional achievement by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and others. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive developmental psychology from the University of Maryland.