Schirm Named Vice President and Director of Human Services Research at Mathematica
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 2, 2007)—Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., recently announced the appointment of senior fellow Allen Schirm, a resident of McLean, Va., as vice president and director of human services research for the firm's Washington, D.C., office. He served as associate director of human services research from 2002 to 2006 and as acting director for the past year. He joined the firm in 1989.
Schirm, who earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized expert in program evaluation, the decennial census, fund allocation, and innovative statistical methods for measuring poverty and program eligibility and participation for states and local areas. His research has substantially influenced the development of policy and the administration of programs designed to improve the well-being of vulnerable populations. Schirm has served on four expert panels convened by the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics and delivered the opening keynote address at the 2006 annual conference of the Government Statistical Service in the United Kingdom. He was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association earlier this year in recognition of his outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science.
“Throughout his tenure with Mathematica, Allen has demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in addition to a strong record of research,” said Paul Decker, president of Mathematica. “In his new position, he will continue to enhance our ability to meet the needs of policymakers and uphold the company's reputation for high quality research.”
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