Events and Conferences (2018)


Location: Online

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

Testing New Earnings Rules for Social Security Disability Insurance: Findings from the Benefit Offset National Demonstration

The current earnings rules for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) specify that, after using available work incentives, DI beneficiaries are not owed a DI benefit check if they earn more than a certain threshold. The Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) tested a design intended to encourage DI beneficiaries to work by replacing the so-called cash cliff with a ramp—a $1 reduction in benefits for every $2 of additional earnings. BOND simultaneously tested the new rules with two groups: a nationally representative sample of DI beneficiaries and a group of recruited and informed volunteers—those thought to be most likely to earn more than the earnings threshold. Results from the five-year evaluation of BOND are now available for both groups.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Date: Dec 02, 2018 - Dec 06, 2018

Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting

The Many Faces of Risk

Aparna Keshaviah, presenter: Identifying the Next Drug Epidemic by Testing Municipal Wastewater


Location: Online

Date: Nov 26, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project in 2009 to systematically review research literature on home visiting in a thorough, transparent manner. HomVEE assesses the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry (that is, up through age 5).

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 13, 2018 - Nov 14, 2018

Administrative Data Research Facilities (ADRF) Network

Innovations in Administrative Data for Social Science

Megan Davis and Emma Kopa presented a poster titled “Improving Administrative Data Quality at the Initial Stages of the Data Life Cycle.”

Date: Nov 13, 2018

MIT School Access and Quality Summit 2018

The MIT School Access and Quality Summit focused on school enrollment strategies that can increase access and generate data to improve portfolio planning and the measurement of school effectiveness. Researchers presented new findings on the impact of policy interventions, and policymakers shared their experiences with implementation. Through these conversations, we hope to have sparked long-term partnerships between researchers and practitioners, and prompt continuous interaction between rigorous research and policy design, implementation, and evaluation.

Steven Glazerman, Dallas Dotter, and others, speakers: Evidence on the Determinants and Consequences of School Choice from Washington DC

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 08, 2018 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

40 Years of Evidence for Action at APPAM and in the Field

In a special super session at APPAM’s 40th Fall Research Conference, APPAM president-elect Matt Stagner joined a roundtable discussion with industry CEOs who are working to apply insights from our modern data revolution to social science questions and challenges that have spanned generations. Abt Associates CEO Kathleen Flanagan, Impaq International CEO Avi Benus, Mathematica CEO Paul Decker, MDRC president Gordon Berlin, and Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell shared the most important lessons from their work to advance evidence-based policy, as well as the critical challenges and emerging trends in policy analysis and program improvement.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Nov 08, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

Several Mathematica staff presented at the conference. Click here for the agenda of Mathematica staff.


Date: Oct 31, 2018 - Nov 03, 2018

American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting

Speaking Truth to Power

View the agenda of Mathematica staff who presented.

Location: Online

Date: Oct 30, 2018

The Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP) under the Older Americans Act (OAA) represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met. By promoting access to nutritious meals, facilitating social contact, supporting family caregivers, and helping older adults maintain their dignity in their homes and communities, the NSP fits squarely within the strategic goals of the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL). In a continued effort to rebalance long-term care provision away from institutionalization and toward home- and community-based services, ACL has conducted a Title III-C NSP Client Outcomes Evaluation to assess program effectiveness, as measured by the program’s effects on a variety of key outcomes. Attendees learned about the results and conclusions from Part II of the evaluation that describes participants’ health and health care utilization and examines overall wellness measured using longer-term outcomes related to health and avoidance of institutionalization.

Presenters included: James Mabli, Arkadipta Ghosh, and Bob Schmitz.

Location: Online

Date: Oct 29, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Regional Partnerships to Address Teacher Shortages: A Free Webinar from REL Mid-Atlantic

Recruiting and retaining effective teachers is a critical issue across the region, especially in subjects such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and special education. This webinar will review four innovative, district-university partnerships to expand and diversify the teacher pipeline:

  • Relay Graduate School of Education's Teacher Residency Program
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools’ University Partners Initiative
  • Wilmington University’s Para Partnership Program
  • School District of Philadelphia’s Teacher Residency Program

On October 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, we discussed:

  • The growing gap in teacher supply and demand
  • Current approaches to address teacher shortages
  • Recruitment, staffing, and retention challenges
  • Logistical aspects of building partnerships
  • Higher-level tools for success

Moderator: Jacob Hartog, researcher, Mathematica Policy Research


  • Christine Eisenhauer, dean, Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Douglas Anthony, associate superintendent, Office of Talent Development, Prince George's County Public Schools
  • Donna Lee Mitchell, assistant professor and chair, M.Ed. program in special education, Wilmington University
  • Terri Rita, deputy chief, talent support, School District of Philadelphia
  • Chanell Bates, director of strategy and operations, talent support, School District of Philadelphia

This webinar was for:

School leaders from local education agencies, such as central and building administrators, program directors, directors of talent or teacher selection and recruitment, teachers, and principals

Higher education staff involved in educator preparation programs

Staff in state education agencies working on statewide efforts to develop a talent pipeline for new teachers or who want to promote district–university partnerships in local education agencies in their states

Location: Online

Date: Oct 25, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The webinar presented information on why chronic absenteeism matters, what the research says about the state of chronic absenteeism, and summarize the evidence about approaches to reducing chronic absenteeism. A speaker from the Pennsylvania Department of Education discussed the importance of monitoring chronic absenteeism and why it’s a priority for the state.

This webinar was for: 

State education agency staff, local education agency staff, school counselors, and attendance officers.

Date: Oct 21, 2018 - Oct 24, 2018

iNACOL Symposium

Driving the Transformation of Learning

Moira McCullough, Kate Place, Steve Bates, and Mikia Manley presented “Setting Up for Success: Implementing Personalized Learning with Evaluation in Mind”

Project Director Alex Resch moderated a discussion with RCE Coach super users.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 19, 2018

SNP Alliance Fall Leadership Forum

Real World Solutions to Complex Care: Integration Post Permanency

Location: Online

Date: Oct 17, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

New Insights into Disability Beneficiaries' Pursuit of Work

Significant attention has been focused on helping beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) participate in the work force. Increased work activity for these beneficiaries can increase self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on federal benefits, while simultaneously reducing federal outlays. Despite these efforts, work activity among beneficiaries has not increased substantially in recent decades. Three studies sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium provide new information on work activity among SSI and SSDI beneficiaries and offer insights about the barriers they face in pursuing work.

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Oct 10, 2018 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Reducing Disparities: An Equity-Focused Research Agenda to Improve Children’s Well-Being

Research reveals that the earliest years of life are a critical period of human development. Early relationships and experiences have a strong influence on brain development and future health and well-being. Young children’s foundational relationships and experiences take place in the context of families and communities. Yet, low-income families—especially families of color and rural families—often do not have access to the basic necessities and resources for fostering the nurturing experiences and stimulating environments that young children need to thrive. Furthermore, policy and program silos can impede cross-functional solutions and service delivery, which are designed to holistically address the needs of children and families.

Location: Online

Date: Oct 03, 2018

This informational webinar provides background on AI/AN FACES 2015 and introduces AI/AN FACES 2019. Speakers discuss the importance of nationally representative data for Region XI Head Start, the timeline for recruitment, data collection, analysis, reporting, and availability of restricted-use data for AI/AN FACES 2019.

Speakers include Lizabeth Malone and others.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Oct 02, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Beyond the Great Society: Creating Opportunity for All in the 21st Century

Between 1964 and 1968, President Lyndon Johnson launched a wide range of social programs known as the Great Society, expanding the federal government’s role in housing, health, economic development, and the environment.

On October 2, the Government Executive, Route 50, and Mathematica explored the legacy of the “Great Society” and what comes next for creating opportunity for all.

Location: Online

Date: Oct 02, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Beyond the Great Society

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched his “Great Society” agenda, where do we stand when it comes to providing services, as well as economic and social mobility, to those in need? Between 1964 and 1968, President Johnson launched and implemented a huge range of social programs known as the “Great Society” agenda. Fast-forward fifty years, the form and efficacy of these programs are being questioned at every level of government. On October 2, Mathematica partnered with Government Executive and Route 50 to explore the future of these social programs and look at ideas for reform that are being tested across our nation, as well as the data behind them.


Location: Online

Date: Sep 19, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Measuring Up: Equity Lessons from Australia’s Early Childhood Development Census

Australia is the only country in the world that regularly collects comprehensive information about the holistic development of every child entering its schools. This information, gathered through the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), guides national and state policy and informs program development. Over the past 12 years, AEDC data have shown progress in reaching the most vulnerable children. The AEDC, along with population-based measurement more broadly, is useful for the United States because it can inform current discussions of equity in access to early childhood services.

Location: Online

Date: Sep 18, 2018 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Debra Lipson, senior fellow, offered commentary on lessons from New York’s and Tennessee’s experiences for other states related to the selection of appropriate quality measures for use in MLTSS VBP programs; phasing in the adoption of VBP models based on HCBS provider and workforce capacity; and other factors that can contribute to program success.

Location: Online

Date: Sep 17, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Creating a Trauma-Informed System of Care for Formerly Incarcerated Dads

Mathematica and OPRE hosted a webinar on September 17, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Presenters shared insights into strategies for developing trauma-informed systems of care and lessons from programs that address trauma among fathers.

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Sep 13, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mathematica @ 50: At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science

In 1968, Mathematica led the nation’s first major social research experiment, helping to spur a revolution in the application of social science to public policies and programs. For more than four decades, social scientists have revised and refined those methods, but the gold standard for research remained much the same.


Location: Vail, CO

Date: Aug 29, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Rocky Mountain Workforce Development SkillUP! Conference

Annalisa Mastri and others, presenters: “How to Make Changes Stick”

Annalisa Mastri, presenter: “Using Evidence-Informed Practices to Advance Youth Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being”

Michelle Derr and Jonathan McCay, presenters: “Goal4 It!™ Colorado—A Science-Informed Approach to Improving Employment Outcomes”

Michelle Derr and Jonathan McCay, presenters: “WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) it Up Colorado!—A Science-Based Mental Strategy for Improving Staff and Customer Outcomes”

Michelle Derr and Jonathan McCay, presenters: “Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI2): A New Approach to Using Evidence for Continuous Program Improvement”

Location: Baltimore, MD

Date: Aug 27, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018

National Home and Community Based Services Conference

Debra Lipson, speaker: Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Intensive

Location: Portland, OR

Date: Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018

Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference

Putting the Pieces Together to Build the Future

Brian Johnston, Speaker: T-MSIS Data Quality: Moving Forward

Cara Stepanczuk, Carol Irvin, and Julia Baller, Speakers: Innovative Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Beneficiaries with Complex Care Needs and High Costs (BCNs)

Carol Irvin, Speaker: Medicaid and CHIP Data and Analytics

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Aug 01, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting 2018

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


Location: Vancouver, Canada

Date: Jul 28, 2018 - Aug 02, 2018

Joint Statistical Meetings

Lead with Statistics

Several Mathematica experts presented at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings from July 28 to August 2 in Vancouver, Canada. View the agenda of Mathematica staff who presented.

Location: Online and Teleconference

Date: Jul 26, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

A Conversation on Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: Whose Care Is It, Anyway?

Care coordination is an important approach to addressing the fragmented care that children with medical complexity often encounter. What are optimal care coordination services? How does care coordination intersect with care integration and case management? Best practices and how to implement a process that will achieve improved outcomes and value for children with special health care needs and their families were discussed.

On July 26, a lively discussion on the article Care Coordination for Children with Medical Complexity: Whose Care Is It, Anyway? took place.  The lead author and experts in the field reviewed the article's key content and discussed why care coordination is vital to improving the system of care

Ann O'Malley was a guest speaker for this event.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jul 25, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018

NCES STATS-DC Data Conference

Visualizing the Future of Education through Data

Several Mathematica experts attended the U.S. Department of Education’s 2018 National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) STATS-DC Data Conference. This conference provided an opportunity for discussions of technical and policy issues related to the collection, maintenance, and use of education data for education researchers, policymakers, and data system managers from all levels of government.

Mathematica presenters included: Christine Ross and Tim Kautz on research-practice partnership between the REL Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland State Department of Education and Steven Glazerman and Ignacio Martinez on school lottery data.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 26, 2018


Todd Honeycutt: "Using Rapid Cycle Evaluations to Drive Better Program Decisions"

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Date: Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018

APPAM International Conference

Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development

Steven Glazerman: "Beyond 'Treatment vs. Control': How Bayesian Design Makes Factorial Experiment Feasible in Education Research"  

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Jul 13, 2018

Establishing the D.C. Education Advisory Board and the D.C. Education Research Collaborative

Steve Glazerman presented testimony to the DC Council's Committee of the Whole & Education Committee. Read the testimony.

The hearing started at 10 a.m. ET and was accessible on the Council's website. 


Location: McKees Rocks, PA

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

The Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Network (PLPGH) held their first annual summer conference in June 26 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. 

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

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jun 25, 2018 - Jun 27, 2018

Several Mathematica experts presented at the 2018 National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC), organized by the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conference takes place from Monday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 27 in Washington, D.C. Notable sessions included:

  • Kim Boller joined a plenary session on measuring the cost of quality in early childhood programs and served as a discussant during a session on early care and education dosage and differential child outcomes.
  • Patricia Del Grosso and Jaime Thomas presented findings from the national Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.
  • Lizabeth Malone and Sara Bernstein presented finding from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey.
  • Shannon Monahan participated in a session on measuring teachers' effectiveness in using child assessments to guide teaching and individualized instruction.
  • Diane Paulsell presented on engaging home-based child care providers in quality improvement activities.


View the full agenda of presentations.

Location: Seattle, WA

Date: Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 26, 2018

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Today's Research Driving Tomorrow's Outcomes

More than 20 of Mathematica’s health care experts presented at AcademyHealth’s 2018 Annual Research Meeting, which took place Sunday, June 24, to Tuesday, June 26, in Seattle, Washington. They joined more than 2,500 attendees at the Washington State Convention Center to discuss and share how evidence-based research is improving the health of individuals and communities.

In a series of paper and poster presentations and interest group meetings, Mathematica staff highlighted their research and expertise in a variety of health care policy areas including Medicaid, child and family health, health care cost management, and quality measurement. 

View the full agenda of Mathematica staff presenting.

Location: Oxford, UK

Date: Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018

Amanda Beatty and Thomas Coen, coauthors: “15 Years of Education in Indonesia: Rising Enrollment and Flat Learning Profiles”

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jun 20, 2018 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mathematica @ 50: Using Emerging Methods to Produce More Credible, Actionable Evidence for Policymakers

Finding and interpreting relevant evidence can be a frustrating experience for many policymakers.

Location: Washington, DC

Date: Jun 15, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Making the Grade: Workshop on Best Practices for Designing Online School Report Cards

Many states and districts publish school report cards, which parents, taxpayers, and other stakeholders depend on for information about school performance. Designing these reports requires many choices, however, and is often approached as more art than science.

This free workshop on research-based best practices for designing school report cards was sponsored by REL Mid-Atlantic. The workshop, which took place on June 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. ET in Washington, DC, reviewed:

  • Content—data on academic performance, socio-emotional learning, school climate, curricular offerings, extracurricular offerings, student body description, faculty credentials, and commuting and transportation options.
  • Design—the amount of information, language used to present it, use of colors, graphical representation of quantitative information, use of glossaries and explainers, location of content on the page, default sort order, and site functionality.
  • Process—the methods state agencies use to gather community input for the initial rollout or improvement over time; how they gather ongoing user experience data over time for enhancements.

Presenters included:

  • Steven Glazerman, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Jacob Hartog, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Jesse Chandler, Mathematica Policy Research
  • David Moyer, Tembo

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Location: Online

Date: Jun 13, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Nan Maxwell and Scott Richman, presenters: "Using Evidence for Scaling Community-Based Interventions That Work"

Location: Towson, MD

Date: Jun 06, 2018 - Jun 07, 2018

Maryland Connections Summit

The Maryland Connections Summit brought together education professionals from across Maryland to highlight the vital role data plays in education decision making. Participants heard from local, state, and national leaders on ways to bridge data, research, policy, and practice.

Brian Gill, presenter: "Data Driven, Not Data Drowning: A Conceptual Framework for Data-Driven Decision Making"

Steven Malick, presenter: "Peering Under the Hood of Data-Informed Decision-Making: A Problem of Practice Session to Realize the Promise of Administrative Data"

Mikia Manley, presenter: "Actionable Evidence: Using the Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Coach to Support Education Decision Making"


Location: Washington, DC

Date: May 30, 2018 - Jun 01, 2018

Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency

Several Mathematica experts presented 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 included 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 who presented.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

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

Experts in education research, practice, and policy shared 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 co-sponsored 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 attended the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Denver and presented findings on a range of survey and data collection topics. Survey associate Alex Saunders was honored with AAPOR’s 2018 Roper Fellow award.

View the agenda of Mathematica staff who presented.

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.