Events and Conferences (2018)


Location: McKees Rocks, PA

Date: Jun 26, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Join the Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Network (PLPGH) for their first annual summer conference. 

Brian Gill, speaker: Emerging Personalized Learning Research and Best Practices—"Does it Work?"


Location: Washington, DC

Date: May 30, 2018 - Jun 01, 2018

Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Several Mathematica experts will present at the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS), organized by the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Notable sessions include a panel discussion on coaching in employment programs moderated by Sheena McConnell and a plenary session on findings from the Parents and Children Together study, with a presentation from Mathematica’s Sarah Avellar.

View the full agenda of Mathematica staff presenting.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Date: May 21, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Experts in education research, practice, and policy will share information about improving literacy from Pre-K through grade 3, contributing to positive school climate, reducing the risk of dropping out, and using research and data to inform evidence-based decision making. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory is co-sponsoring the conference in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. 

Session: Using Research and Data to Inform Evidence-Based Decision Making

Annalisa Mastri, presenter: "Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI²): A New Approach to Using Evidence for Continuous Program Improvement" 

Session: Reducing the Risk of Dropping Out

Diana McCallum, presenter: "Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary School" 

Jessica Harding, presenter: "A Systematic Review of Programs to Improve Expectant and Parenting Teens' Academic Outcomes"

Location: Denver, CO

Date: May 20, 2018 - May 23, 2018

International Field Directors and Technologies Annual Conference

Ryan Callahan, presenter: "Getting the Team Ready: Training and Certifying Interviewers for a Survey of People with Disabilities"

Cleo Jacobs Johnson, presenter: "Participant Retention in Hard-to-Reach Populations: Strategies for Outreach"

Kathleen Feeney, presenter: "Introduction to RAPTER™: The Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment, and Reporting System"

Location: Denver, CO

Date: May 16, 2018 - May 19, 2018

American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference

Taking Survey and Public Opinion Research to New Heights!

Survey experts from Mathematica will attend the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Denver to present findings on a range of survey and data collection topics. Survey associate Alex Saunders will be honored with AAPOR’s 2018 Roper Fellow award.

View the agenda of Mathematica staff presenting.

Location: Denver, CO

Date: May 15, 2018 - May 17, 2018

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition Capacity Building Institute

Stephen Lipscomb, presenter: "NLTS 2012 Findings: Characteristics and Secondary School Experiences for Students with IEPs"

Todd Honeycutt, discussion session: "Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Youth Employment Community of Practice"

Location: Online

Date: May 09, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Designing Blended Professional Development for Teachers

Professional development that combines online and in-person activities offers a number of potential advantages for teacher learning. Online activities can extend the learning that occurs in face-to-face sessions, and in-person sessions can establish a strong foundation for teachers’ online interactions.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Date: May 05, 2018 - May 08, 2018

Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

Andrea Wysocki, Joseph Zickafoose, Kate Stewart, Laura Blue, and Greg Peterson: "Building the Foundation for a Pediatric Medicaid ACO: Reach and Impacts of Multiple Interventions to Prevent Emergency Department Visits" (presentation)

Joseph Zickafoose: "Informing Medicaid Policy with Research" (presentation)

Joseph Zickafoose, Eric Lammers, Kate Stewart, Laura Blue, and Greg Peterson: "Parent Partners: A Novel Peer-Support Intervention for the Parents of Children Hospitalized for Behavioral Health Conditions" (poster)


Location: Online

Date: Apr 26, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Transition Innovations: Promising Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth

Recent federal policy changes require state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to expand service delivery to transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities. These expanded services intend to improve youth’s preparation for college and employment.

Location: San Diego, CA

Date: Apr 16, 2018 - Apr 18, 2018

ASU+GSV Annual Summit

The Future of Talent—Transcending Work, Transforming Education

Kristin Hallgren, panelist: Taking the Lead: District Models for Identifying What Works

As the discussion around “what works” becomes louder, and the funding environment for innovation continues to be strained, it becomes ever more critical for districts that are leading the way in innovation to quantify and explain their results, providing context on what’s happening in their districts. How to connect and initiate projects with researchers, however, remains a question for many districts. In this panel session, participants learned from two districts who have created high leverage research-practice partnerships.

Location: New York, NY

Date: Apr 13, 2018 - Apr 17, 2018

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education

View agenda of Mathematica staff who presented.

Location: Online

Date: Apr 10, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Preparing Principals to Serve as Instructional Leaders

Amid renewed interest in the role of principals in supporting effective instruction, there is a growing need for practical guidance on how to prepare principals to serve as instructional leaders.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Date: Apr 04, 2018 - Apr 06, 2018

State Healthcare IT Connect Summit

Carey Appold, speaker: Supporting States' Use of Data Analytics in Practical Decision-Making

Coauthors: Matt Gillingham, Lindsey Leininger, Paul Messino, and Christopher Trenholm


Location: Washington, DC

Date: Mar 26, 2018 - Mar 27, 2018

SNP Alliance Executive Roundtable

Leading in Times of Change: Advancing SNPs and MMPs for High-Risk Populations

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Date: Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018

Comparative & International Education Society Annual Conference

Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue

International policy experts from Mathematica Policy Research presented at a major international conference sponsored by the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) taking place March 25 to 29 in Mexico City, Mexico.

View agenda.

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Mar 15, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Using Research to Strengthen Child Welfare Programs

Child welfare agencies regularly make crucial program decisions that can impact the health and well-being of children and families across the country. Agency leaders and line staff alike can benefit from current, high quality data and evidence to inform their decisions. However, systemic challenges at play in the realm of child welfare—including, for example, short deadlines, limited resources, and high staff turnover—can make it difficult for program leaders to draw on relevant research and encourage a culture of evidence. At the same time, research evidence can be difficult to access or interpret, or it may not fully address the needs of practitioners and other decision makers.

Location: Portland, OR

Date: Mar 15, 2018 - Mar 17, 2018

Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference

View the agenda of Mathematica staff who presented at the conference.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Date: Mar 14, 2018 - Mar 16, 2018

Australian Early Development Census National Conference

The theme for the conference was "Learning from the Australian Story: What We Know Works to Improve Outcomes for Children."

Kimberly Boller, Keynote Speaker

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Mar 07, 2018 - Mar 09, 2018

Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research and Policy Conference

The FCSM Research and Policy Conference featured two plenary sessions and 50 program sessions on leading-edge methodological topics, as well as, emerging policy issues. This conference was an excellent forum to bring together federal and non-federal researchers and policy makers.

Sooin Lee and others, presenters: "Benchmark Assessment of Respondent Driven Sampling Data for Foreign-Born Korean Americans"

John Czajka, Discussant: Measuring and Imputing Incomes


Location: Online

Date: Mar 05, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

During this webinar, REL staff disseminated information about evidence-based strategies to prevent dropout in secondary schools, with a focus on how practitioners can adopt and adapt the strategies. Participants benefited from a presentation of four types of practices that can be adopted in schools and have been shown to prevent dropout. The practices are highlighted in the recently released What Works Clearinghouse practice guide on dropout prevention. Participants had the opportunity to hear from practitioners in the Mid-Atlantic region to learn how they have implemented some of the strategies.

Brian Gill, Director, REL Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica: Welcome and Introductions

Julie Bruch, Researcher, REL Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica: Speaker

Julia Lyskawa, Researcher, REL Mid-Atlantic at Mathematica: Speaker

Read the full agenda.

Location: Online

Date: Mar 01, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities: Opportunities for Employers

Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) hosted a webinar to examine these issues from the employer perspective. Panelists discussed: (1) actions employers can take to better accommodate employees with disabilities; (2) feedback from employer interviews about the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining workers with disabilities; and (3) findings from the National Employment and Disability Survey, recently released by the Kessler Foundation.


Location: Washington, DC

Date: Feb 28, 2018 - Mar 03, 2018

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring Conference

The Evidence Behind Evidence Use: When Does Education Research Inform Practice?

View the agenda of Mathematica staff presenting.

Location: Online

Date: Feb 07, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Using a "Road Test" to Improve Human Services Programs

This webinar was for practitioners of human services programs, applied social science researchers, and anyone else interested in learning more about this analytic approach to managing program change.

Location: Arlington, VA

Date: Feb 07, 2018 - Feb 08, 2018

Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium Annual Meeting

The Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) provided a forum for researchers and policymakers to investigate emerging research findings, questions, and methods that relate to improved outcomes for children and families. Several Mathematica researchers presented on topics such as: child care quality measures, support for home-based care providers, and research on coordinated services for children and their families.

Location: Online

Date: Feb 06, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Webinar on the New Charter Schools Topic Area

In this free webinar sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, presenters introduced the WWC's new topic area on the effectiveness of Charter Schools. The webinar aimed to help policymakers, funders, and educators understand the impetus for the new Charter School topic area, how we selected charter-school networks for review, and the findings from the first three intervention reports.

Presenters: Brian Gill and Martha Bleeker

There was an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.


Location: Online

Date: Jan 31, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program Webinar

This webinar describes approaches that state Medicaid programs can consider when developing the benchmarks, or standards against which to judge performance, for value-based payment programs.

Speakers: So O'Neil, Ella Douglas-Durham, and others.


Read the brief and view the webinar slides.

Location: Online

Date: Jan 30, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Johanna Lacoe presented testimony to the DC Council’s Education Committee.


Read her testimony.