Events and Conferences (2017)


Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Dec 07, 2017 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Parents and Children Together: Spotlight on Responsible Fatherhood Programs and the Men They Serve

Through the Parents and Children Together evaluation, Mathematica researchers are contributing to the evidence base regarding approaches to increase positive father involvement in children’s lives. At a forum on December 7, researchers, program administrators, and program participants shared their experiences and what they learned.

Location: Online

Date: Dec 05, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A Framework for Achieving Competitive Integrated Employment: Findings from the SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers Evaluation

The employment rate among people with disabilities has consistently been low. People with disabilities face many barriers to securing competitive, integrated employment, such as lack of access to transportation, difficulty finding a job, and needs for workplace accommodations. Mathematica is evaluating the SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers program, a customized employment service model designed to help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities or autism obtain competitive integrated employment that matches their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. This webinar featured a panel of experts who will discuss how Pathways promotes competitive integrated employment, give an employer’s perspective on partnering with Pathways and hiring its participants, present interim evaluation outcomes, and report on SourceAmerica’s plans to expand the customized employment service model.

  • David Stapleton, moderator (Mathematica)
  • Spencer Burt (Futura Industries)
  • Noelle Denny-Brown (Mathematica)
  • Brian DeAtley (SourceAmerica)
  • Joseph Ashley, discussant (Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services) 

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: Dec 01, 2017 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Chicago Education Research Presentation Series: Mini Conference

This presentation series offers education researchers across the Chicago region an opportunity to learn about each other’s work, interact informally, and support the field of education research in Chicago.


Location: Online

Date: Nov 30, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Designing Online Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities (PLCs) bring together teams of educators to share ideas, learn about instructional approaches, and reflect on practice. Educators increasingly have opportunities to connect with peers and experts outside of their schools and districts through online platforms. These online PLCs offer greater flexibility for educators to participate in discussions from any location and at any time. But, there are important questions about how to design online PLCs that provide teachers with flexibility, encourage their participation, and are integrated with face-to-face professional learning opportunities.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 29, 2017 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Plug In, Power Up! Connecting to Grid Electricity in Africa

Mathematica’s Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE) convened a panel of experts to discuss initiatives to expand grid electricity in sub-Saharan Africa as well as recent evidence on the possible benefits and challenges of such expansion. Panelists discussed (1) Power Africa’s investments in the energy sector, including grid electricity; (2) successes and challenges of rural grid electrification in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa; and (3) areas where more evidence is needed to inform policy decisions on investing in grid electricity.

Location: Online

Date: Nov 16, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn About the What Works Clearinghouse's Version 4.0 Procedures and Standards Handbooks

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), an investment of the Institute of Education Sciences, recently released an updated version of its procedures and standards, now divided into two separate documents. During this free webinar, WWC staff described the changes introduced in the Version 4.0 Procedures and Standards Handbooks.

Neil Seftor and Elias Walsh

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 09, 2017

Society for International Development

The Society for International Development and the Education for Development and Youth in Development Workgroups held a discussion on "Positive Youth Development in Secondary Education," focusing on secondary education in developing countries.

Clair Null, Participant

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 06, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017

American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

"Evaluation: From Learning to Action"

Evaluation 2017 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation. Come visit our booth #33.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 08, 2017

American Public Health Association

"Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health"

Come visit our exhibit at booth #730. 

Mathematica presenters include:

Subuhi Asheer: "Sustaining Programs that Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy and Serve Expectant and Parenting Youth"

Jonathan Brown: "Improvements in Health Status Among Individuals Receiving Services from SAMHSA's Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program"

Lisa Schottenfeld: "Coaching Communities to Action: What We're Learning About the Roadmaps to Health Coaching Program"

Location: Medford, MA

Date: Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 05, 2017

Northeast Universities Development Consortium

Dara Luca: "The Effectiveness and Effects of Alcohol Regulation: Evidence from India"

Paolo Abarcar: "The International Migration of Healthcare Professionals and the Supply of Educated Individuals Left Behind"

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: Nov 02, 2017 - Nov 04, 2017

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

"Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions"

This conference focused on the importance of data and measurement, and celebrated the government staff who work to improve the measures we use every day.

Paul Decker, Presenter: "Response to the Commission for Evidence-Based Policymaking Final Report."





Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 31, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dataween 2017

To help governors’ offices, state member-based associations, and other stakeholders learn more about available data dashboard and visualization tools and how to get the most out of them, Mathematica has partnered with the National Governors Association to host DATAWEEN, a data-focused “science fair” where attendees were able to see these analytic tools in action.

Location: Portland, OR

Date: Oct 23, 2017 - Oct 25, 2017

National Academy for State Health Policy

"Navigating Uncharted Territory"

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers. They are dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Come visit our exhibit at booth #28.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 19, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation will hold a discussion on "Smart Aid: Investing in Girls' Education – Lessons from Burkina Faso."

In recognition of Day of the Girl Child, the Millennium Challenge Corporation will be holding discussion on the evaluation results.

Matt Sloan will be a panelist for this discussion.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 19, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017

Bayesian Methods for Social Policy Research and Evaluation

Mariel Finucane: "Plausible Priors Precede Persuasive Posteriors"

Lauren Vollmer: "The Right Tool for the Job: A Bayesian Meta-Regression of Employment and Training Studies"

Location: Online

Date: Oct 11, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Beyond Evaluation: Providing Effective Feedback to Teachers

States and districts are increasingly focused on providing individualized feedback to teachers outside of their evaluation systems—for example, by assigning a coach who works one-on-one or with small groups of teachers to address instructional challenges that teachers identify as points of practice worth investigating. A key question for educators and policymakers is how coaching feedback differs from evaluative feedback.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 02, 2017 - Oct 04, 2017

The National Association of Health Data Organizations

"Health Care Data and Information to Manage Change, Promote Value, and Engage Consumers"

The National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) is a national non-profit membership and educational association dedicated to improving health care data collection and use.  NAHDO’s members include state and private health data organizations that maintain statewide health care data bases and stakeholders of these data bases in the public and private sectors. Come visit our exhibit booth.

Craig Schneider will moderate a plenary session titled "Using Public Data to Support Value Based Purchasing Approaches in Three States: Virginia, Oregon, and Massachusetts."


Location: St. Louis, MO

Date: Sep 29, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017

Annual Health Econometrics Workshop

This workshop provides a forum to discuss the use of econometric and other quantitative methods to address issues in health economics and policy, health services research, and outcomes research.

Location: Online

Date: Sep 28, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Innovating Services, Improving Outcomes: A VR Model for Serving SSDI Clients

The webinar panel will discuss the experiences of vocational rehabilitation agencies in Kentucky and Minnesota that implemented the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project innovations, which were designed to help beneficiaries prepare for and find jobs with earnings above the SGA level.

  • Gina Livermore, moderator (Mathematica)
  • Susan Foley (Institute for Community Inclusion)
  • Joe Marrone (Institute for Community Inclusion)
  • Purvi Sevak (Mathematica)
  • Todd Honeycutt (Mathematica)
  • Steve Wooderson, discussant (Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation) 

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Sep 28, 2017

National Quality Forum Conference

"Essentials of Quality Measurement"

Cindy Cullen and Samuel Simon were invited to present. The title of the presentation is "The Lifecycle of Measure Development." 

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Sep 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Kathryn Cronquist will be part of a discussion on "English Language Learning in Latin America."


Location: Baltimore, MD

Date: Aug 14, 2017 - Aug 18, 2017

Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference

The annual Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference brings together thought leaders from the public and private sectors to share ideas and information related to Medicaid systems and initiatives. Come visit our exhibit at booth #4.

Vivian Byrd will be a speaker at a session titled "T-MSIS Data Quality with Emphasis on Managed Care."

Location: Montreal, Canada

Date: Aug 12, 2017 - Aug 16, 2017

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice.

Matthew Stange and others will present "Different Sides, Same Logic: Examining Support and Opposition for Religious Freedom Laws."

Location: Online

Date: Aug 10, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Moving Medicaid Data Forward, Part 3: A Guide to Medicaid Utilization Data

Mathematica’s third installment of the Moving Medicaid Data Forward series of forums will help researchers and other stakeholders, such as state policymakers and federal agency staff, understand the available utilization data, useful analytical tools, and existing resources.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Aug 02, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting

This conference highlighted the DRC's latest research findings and their implications for the future of state and federal disability policies and programs.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Aug 01, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

NCES STATS-DC Data Conference

The NCES STATS-DC Data Conference is an opportunity for professional networking, updates on federal and national activities affecting data collection and reporting, and information about the best new approaches in collecting, reporting, and using education statistics.

Matthew Johnson will be co-presenting on work Mathematica did with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Alexandra Resch, Steve Glazerman, and Alma Vigil will demonstrate web-based tools designed to assist state and local agencies in conducting a range of data analyses.

Brian Gill will attend the conference, representing the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory.


Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Jul 30, 2017 - Aug 02, 2017

National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics Workshop

Theme: Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery

View the list of Mathematica participants and their sessions.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Date: Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

Joint Statistical Meetings

Theme: Statistics: It's Essential

View the agenda of staff presenting.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Date: Jul 24, 2017 - Jul 25, 2017

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research Workshop

On July 24-25, Mathematica experts presented a free data workshop on the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research workshop in quantitative methods of social research. For more information, see the workshop website

Location: New York, NY

Date: Jul 20, 2017

James Verdier and colleagues from the Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) outlined future options for the New York State Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) dual eligible demonstration program at a stakeholder meeting in New York City.


Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Jun 29, 2017 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tiny but Magnified? The Role of Micro-Credentials in Dynamic Labor Markets

Micro-credentials offer a potentially attractive pathway for developing marketable skills because they give employers a clear indication of an individual’s specific competencies. Mathematica’s Center for Improving Research Evidence convened a panel of experts to discuss the rapid growth of micro-credentials as an alternative or enhancement to traditional college degrees, certificates, and certifications.

  • Nan Maxwell, Mathematica
  • Brenda Perea, Colorado Community College System
  • David Leaser, IBM
  • Roy Swift, WorkCred
  • Pam Frugoli, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Holly Zanville, Lumina Foundation for Education

Location: New Orleans, LA

Date: Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 27, 2017

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Today's Research Driving Tomorrow's Outcomes

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 26, 2017

Crystal Blyler, Speaker: Avoiding Social Security Enrollment for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults

Location: Online

Date: Jun 22, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Reviewing the Evidence: What Works in Disability Employment Services

The growing evidence base on disability employment services has given policymakers and administrators an opportunity to either scale up and replicate services that work or to stop supporting those that do not. Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a live webinar to discuss the emerging evidence on promising employment interventions.

  • Craig Thornton, Moderator
  • Priyanka Anand
  • Heinrich Hock
  • Gina Livermore
  • David Stapleton, Discussant

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jun 15, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

Amanda Beatty, Participant: Country Research Team: Overview of New Research Teams

Location: Online

Date: Jun 13, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fatherhood Research & Practice Network Webinar

Achieving High Response Rates and Dealing with Missing Data in Fatherhood Evaluations

Quinn Moore will talk about how to handle missing data and Shawn Marsh will talk about strategies for improving response rates in studies with low-income fathers.

Cleo Jacobs Johnson will be participating in the Q & A.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jun 01, 2017 - Jun 02, 2017

Paolo Abarcar: "The International Migration of Healthcare Professionals and the Supply of Educated Individuals Left Behind"


Location: Online

Date: May 24, 2017 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Accessing Behavioral Health Services Webinar: Can Peer Support Help?

This webinar discussed the findings from an evaluation of Health Care Innovation Awards-funded projects that focused on mental health services.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Date: May 18, 2017 - May 21, 2017

American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference

Survey experts from Mathematica will attend the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research in New Orleans to present findings on a range of survey and data collection topics, including reducing language barriers, using incentives to increase survey participation and reduce costs, reaching hard-to-reach populations, and developing strategies for conducting surveys with low-income populations. Survey associate Bevin Morey will be honored with AAPOR’s 2017 Roper Fellow award.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: May 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A Symposium on the Potential of Wastewater Testing for Public Health and Safety

On May 16, 2017, Mathematica hosted a daylong symposium on The Potential of Wastewater Testing for Public Health and Safety, funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, at Mathematica’s Washington, DC office.


Location: Baltimore, MD

Date: Apr 30, 2017 - May 03, 2017

American Public Human Services Association National Health and Human Services Summit

Presenters from Mathematica include:

Jeanne Bellotti and others: Leveraging Systems to Improve Employment and Education for At-Risk Individuals

Yonatan Ben-Shalom: Steps States Can Take to Prevent Long-Term Work Disability

Cay Bradley, Elizabeth Clary, and others: Learning Together to Prevent Youth Homelessness

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Apr 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

What Works for Youth? Tracking Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes

On April 27, Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy hosted a policy forum and live webinar on youth transitioning into adulthood.

Location: San Antonio, TX

Date: Apr 27, 2017 - May 01, 2017

AERA Annual Meeting

Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity

Presentation by Jane Choi: "An Asset-Based, Ethnographic Examination of Argument Writing Among Latina/o Elementary Students"

Other invited staff members included Philip Gleason, Steven Glazerman, Peter Schochet, and Andrei Streke.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Apr 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Clemencia Cosentino is part of a panel discussion

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: Apr 17, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Chicago Education Research Presentation Series: Mini Conference

Presenters include Kirabo Jackson, Anjali Adukia, Amy Mart, Elaine Allensworth, Javeria Qureshi, and Eric Isenberg.

Location: Austin, TX

Date: Apr 06, 2017 - Apr 08, 2017

Mathematica presenters include: Sara Bernstein, Harshini Shah, Julieta Lugo-Gil, Nikki Aikens, Sally Atkins-Burnett, and Ashley Klein


Location: Washington, DC

Date: Mar 20, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach

Aravind Moorthy: "Baseline Findings and Evaluation Challenges for an Irrigation and Land Tenure Security Initiative in the Senegal River Valley"

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Mar 16, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017

Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference

Education Policy and Research in the Post-Obama Era

Location: Online

Date: Mar 15, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Webinar: Finding Evidence: New Resources for Education Researchers from the WWC

In this interactive webinar sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, presenters will demonstrate new and improved tools for education researchers on the newly redesigned What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website.

Presenters: Elias Walsh and Jessie Mazeika 

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Date: Mar 15, 2017 - Mar 16, 2017

Regional Launch of the Lancet Early Childhood Development Special Series and Technical Workshop

Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale

Speaker: Kimberly Boller

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: Mar 05, 2017 - Mar 09, 2017

Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference

Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education

Clemencia Cosentino, Chair and Discussant: Using Evidence to Catalyze Change in Secondary Education in Africa

Clair Null and Clemencia Cosentino, Presenters: "A Review of the Evidence Base on Policies and Programs to Improve Secondary Education"

Emilie Bagby, Kristine Bos, Anca Dumitrescu, Nick Ingwersen, and Matt Sloan, Presenters: "Impact Evaluation of Niger's NECS and IMAGINE Education Projects"

Delia Welsh, Discussant: Building Capacity for Right-Fit Measurement Systems in a Global Network

Candace Miller and others Presenters: "Fursa kwa Watoto: Improving Equitable Access to Quality Pre-Primary Education in Tanzania"

Amanda Beatty, Presenter: "Learning Profiles: The Learning Crisis is Not (Mostly) About Enrollment"

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Mar 01, 2017 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To P or Not to P? Understanding Statistical Significance and Its Role in Developing Evidence for Policymaking

Policymakers, program operators, and researchers depend on statistically significant findings to understand what works in public policy and programs. It is important, however, for both the policy and research communities to have the clearest possible understanding of what statistical significance means and when it matters.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Mar 01, 2017 - Mar 04, 2017

The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness

Expanding the Toolkit: Maximizing Relevance, Effectiveness, and Rigor in Education Research

Participants from Mathematica include: Emilie Bagby, Jonah Deutsch, Lisa Dragoset, Jonathan Gellar, Philip Gleason, Matthew Johnson, Ignacio Martinez, Moira McCullough, Ann Person, Alexandra Resch, Christine Ross, Peter Schochet, and Jaime Thomas.


Location: Online

Date: Feb 23, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Promise of State Initiatives to Prevent Long Term Work Disability

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from medical conditions that affect their ability to work. This puts them at risk of losing their jobs or being forced to rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Feb 13, 2017 - Feb 14, 2017

2017 StatsRRTC State of the Science Conference

The State-of-the-Science Conference under the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building.

This conference, Disability Statistics: Lessons in Data Collection and Application to Policy and Practice, will discuss data collection strategies in the morning sessions and practical applications of disability data in the afternoon. The goal will be to bring together scientists, administrators and staff from disability programs, and leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of disability statistics and how to move the field forward.

Participants from Mathematica include: Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Jesse Chandler, Gina Livermore, David Mann, and David Wittenburg.

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Feb 07, 2017 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Moving Medicaid Data Forward, Forum 2: Medicaid Enrollment—Overview and Data Sources

Mathematica covered enrollment research on Medicaid for the second installment of the Moving Medicaid Data Forward forum series.


Location: Online

Date: Jan 18, 2017 3:00 p.m.

WWC Webinar on Teaching Secondary Student to Write Effectively

In this free webinar sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, presenters will share three evidence-based practices to improve secondary students’ writing skills.

Presenters: Julia Lyskawa and Others

Location: Online

Date: Jan 18, 2017 11:00 a.m.

EdWeek Webinar

What Kind of "Research" Do K-12 Companies Need for Their Products?