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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 Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) reauthorized CHIP through federal fiscal year 2019 and, together with provisions in the Affordable Care Act, federal funding for the program was extended through federal fiscal year 2015. Congressional action is required or federal...

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New evidence from a nationwide evaluation of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reveals that CHIP has successfully expanded coverage for children who would otherwise be uninsured.

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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...

To encourage the formation of healthy relationships—and ultimately stable, two-parent families—since 2005, Congress has authorized federal funding for healthy marriage and relationship education programs. STREAMS will examine a mix of programs serving adults and youth.

This evaluation used random assignment to assess innovative approaches to helping welfare-dependent and other low-income families in rural areas to enter, maintain, and advance in employment and to secure family well-being.

Recent Publications

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...

Mental illness, like any health problem, can disrupt the ability to work. Many people with mental illness can only work part time, intermittently, or for low wages. For people with access to mental health care, disruptions to the ability to work are often short term, allowing them to return to their...

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...


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...

BOND tests an innovation that allows SSDI beneficiaries to earn more while keeping part of their disability benefits. Forum speakers provided background on BOND, presented findings from the first two years' process and impact analyses, and discussed potential policy and research implications.

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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.