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Insights for Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities

A series of articles explores potential for early intervention and employment support strategies to reduce reliance on public disability benefits.

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Wide Differences in Readiness

Findings showing at-risk kindergartners start well behind peers help inform Sesame Street educational framework.

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Vocational Training as an Antipoverty Tool

“Invest more and invest smarter in vocational training for low-income people."

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Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness

Three Institute of Education Sciences studies help build the knowledge base.

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Paving the Way to a Better System

Study of Accountable Care Organizations helps develop a cohesive framework.

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Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)

The National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration is testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment among noncustodial parents, with the ultimate goal of increasing the likelihood that they meet their child support obligations.

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Kindergartners' Skills at School Entry: An Analysis of the ECLS-K

This report provides an analysis of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, focusing on the school readiness and abilities of beginning kindergartners.

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In this video, Mathematica Policy Research CEO and president Paul Decker gives an overview of the company's rigorous research methods.

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Chicago Education Research Presentation Series

The Chicago Education Research Presentation series (CHERP) was launched in 2014 by Mathematica Policy Research in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV (SNDA IV)

Mathematica's SNDA-IV study examined the nutritional quality of meals and snacks offered and served to children in the NSLP and SBP. The study also assessed other issues related to school food environments and meal service operations, including policies about and availability of competitive foods (foods...

Analysis of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011

Mathematica analyzed baseline data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 to identify the knowledge and skills that children have when they first enter school.

Improving America’s Schools: Study of Title I and Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This project involves evaluating implementation of Titles I and II of ESEA, relying on surveys at the state, district, school, and teacher levels. Title I provides support for programs to support struggling students, while Title II helps prepare, train, and recruit high quality principals and teachers....

Recent Publications

Finding Alternatives to Disability Benefit Receipt

This introduction offers a context for the articles in this thematic series by providing an overview of the programs that provide cash and in-kind supports to people with disabilities in the United States, summarizes the increasing reliance on these programs, and describes the challenges associated with...

Dedication to David Dean

This special volume is dedicated to David H. Dean who passed away on August 11th, 2013. This dedication describes David’s impact on the academic research on disability and, most notably, the vital interaction between research and policy. It discusses his influence in shaping perspectives on evaluating...

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Advancing the Agenda: Using Research to Integrate Health and Early Childhood Practice Worldwide

A noted panel of experts discusses the evidence for weaving early childhood development into child survival and health programs, with a focus on identifying strategies and promising innovations that can be adapted and replicated.

CHCE Forum: Efforts to Measure and Improve Patient-Centered Primary Care

Mathematica’s Center on Health Care Effectiveness (CHCE) hosted a forum to discuss past, present, and potential future efforts to measure comprehensiveness and improve patient-centered primary care. Topics covered included prior efforts to measure comprehensiveness in primary care, measures of comprehensiveness...

Addressing America's Poverty Crisis: Predictive Analytics and Rapid Cycle Evaluation

Day two of the Hamilton Project’s anti-poverty summit, Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis, focused on policy proposals to improve safety net and work support. The first panel of the day discussed expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit, reforms to the Child and Dependent care tax credit, and the...

Addressing America's Poverty Crisis: Building Worker Skills

Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis continued the conversation on building worker skills, and discussed new proposals on apprenticeship programs, funding training programs for low-skill workers, and financial incentives for colleges to better prepare disadvantaged students for work. The panelists included...

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