International Policy Research
Mathematica's depth and breadth of experience in evaluating complex social programs in the United States fill an important gap in the international arena. Our skills in designing and conducting rigorous, evidence-based evaluations of programs and policies strengthen international health, education, and other approaches to poverty reduction research and evaluation. We work with governments, multilateral donors, foundations, private organizations, and nonprofit partners to help them develop indicators of program impact and measure results. Our experts conduct formative research, situation assessments, policy analysis, and program evaluations. They also help ensure capacity development in countries around the world.
Mathematica is working on a number of interventions related to agriculture. We are conducting an impact evaluation of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program, which is being implemented in five countries in West and Central Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. The evaluation assesses the program’s impact on cocoa income and production, household food security, and children’s school attendance.
In Armenia, Mathematica is evaluating training of 60,000 farmers to see if they are making better use of improved irrigation systems.
Mathematica is designing a rigorous and timely evaluation of MCC’s Threshold Program activities in Rwanda to determine their effectiveness for participants and others. The activities are aimed at strengthening the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, the media, and the inspectorate services of the national police. We are also evaluating government accountability and land ownership interventions in Niger.
Mathematica is working on a number of interventions related to education for children and youth. For example, we designed and implemented a rigorous evaluation of interventions to improve schooling for elementary-school-age girls in Burkina Faso. The study is looking at effects on school enrollment, attendance, food consumption, household livelihoods, child care activities by young girls, teacher behaviors, mothers’ educational activities, parent attitudes, and resource allocation within households. We are also evaluating a similar intervention in Niger. Mathematica is working in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste to rigorously evaluate evidence-based pilot programs addressing school dropouts.
In Uganda, Mathematica has worked with the Population Council on a formative assessment of the situation of orphans and vulnerable children to prepare cost estimates for three different types of programs aimed at providing services for orphans and vulnerable children. The programs reflect different models of service delivery and encompass comprehensive core services included in Uganda's national policy and strategic plan for orphans and other vulnerable children. The results of the cost analysis contributed toward a better understanding of the fixed as well as recurring costs of providing comprehensive services to facilitate countrywide planning in the future.
In Tanzania, we are working with MCC and MCA Tanzania to rigorously evaluate the impact of electrification projects on health, economic, and educational outcomes. We designed and implemented an evaluation of initiatives in Armenia that involved rehabilitating irrigation infrastructure and rural roads.
Mathematica’s growing capacity in the area of social protection includes a study for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation of the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) efforts to combat human trafficking. We designed and are implementing a study of IOM’s four-pronged strategy to counter human trafficking, including examining information and prevention campaigns; research on human trafficking; capacity and network building to prevent trafficking; and direct assistance projects for people who have experienced trafficking, including protection and return and reintegration programs.