Matt Sloan is a senior survey researcher and Associate Director of Surveys and Information Services in Mathematica’s Washington, DC office. He has significant experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collections.
Sloan currently directs several projects in developing countries in Africa. He directed an impact evaluation of the Niger Threshold Country Program—a program intended to reduce corruption; register more businesses; promote land titling; and increase girls’ school enrollment, attendance, and completion rates. He is currently directing an impact evaluation of a second phase of the Niger Threshold Program focusing on an education and community stabilization project. Both projects employed a random assignment design to estimate impacts.
He was the survey director for the Impact Evaluation of the Burkina Faso Girl’s Education Threshold Country Program, which included more than 9,000 interviews with rural households and schools to evaluate an innovative set of interventions designed to improve girls’ education. For that project he also assisted in analysis, reporting, and the presentation of final results, which employed a regression discontinuity design to estimate the impacts of the program. He is currently directing a long term impact evaluation of the same project.
He directs a multi-method impact evaluation for the Rwanda Threshold Country Program, which aims to strengthen the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police. He is also overseeing the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and implementation of a multi-method impact evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. This program will provide holistic support including scholarships, mentoring, transition support, and networking to academically promising but economically disadvantaged students in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world.
Sloan regularly presents to professional associations, including recent presentations to the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, American Statistical Association, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He speaks French and holds an M.S. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College.