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Mathematica provides comprehensive research and data collection services informed by our understanding of policies and programs, experience designing evaluations, and technical knowledge of methods for collecting information and analyzing it. We are committed to conducting high-quality work that answers clients’ questions and improves public well-being.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in disability, early childhood, education, family support, health, labor, and nutrition issues, multidisciplinary staff develop innovative approaches to helping our clients.

Mathematica also offers a suite of tools to support effective, data-driven decision making. These include software; demos, dashboards, and visualizations; and analytic tools that help decision makers choose interventions that work.

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    Improving the Quality of Life for Youth

    Through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Congress established Job Corps, a national vocational and academic training program for disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24. The program costs the federal government $1.6 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive education and training programs funded...

  • Informing Sustainable Disability Policy: The National Beneficiary Survey

    The National Beneficiary Survey (NBS), sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, collects data on the employment-related activities of working-age Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries....

  • Systematic Reviews Bridge Conflicting Studies to Help Support Policy and Program Decisions

    In recent years, systematic reviews have been used to inform new policy initiatives, especially at the federal level, as well as funding decisions and program development. Systematic reviews involve a thorough review of the research literature on an issue, and use an objective and transparent approach...

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    The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy

    In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...