The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.
Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Education and policy leaders face a bewildering array of choices in curricula, instructional approaches, and student services. Scientifically based research can help them justify better decisions, if this work reaches those who need it in the field. Mathematica plays an important role in improving research evidence and amplifying the findings from high quality studies.
Assessing New Uses of Regression Discontinuity (RD) Designs: Producing Broader Evaluations of Education and Training Interventions
Mathematica is assessing the validity and accuracy of new techniques for extending regression discontinuity designs to produce impacts for individuals whose program eligibility scores are away from the cutoff score.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory: Building Partnerships to Improve Education Through Research and Technical Support
Mathematica is leading the REL for the mid-Atlantic region. The REL disseminates research, conducts applied research, and provides technical assistance, training, and coaching related to support the use of research to improve school and student performance.
Analytic and Technical Support for Education Researchers and Practitioners
Mathematica provides analytic and technical support for the Regional Educational Laboratories as well as the general education community to systematically assess and create materials and training to advance education research and share best practices.
Rapid-Cycle Tech Evaluations Accelerate Decisionmaking
This project involves developing, field testing, and disseminating easy-to-use evaluation resources, via a web-based, interactive toolkit, to expedite low-cost, quick-turnaround evaluations using rapid-cycle evaluation approaches.