ACF funded 18 grantees to develop and test comprehensive programs to reduce homelessness among former foster youth. Mathematica is providing implementation technical assistance to six grantees to strengthen their abilitly to use data to make evidence-based decisions.
Mathematica is conducting extensive research on programs that focus on the critical transition from childhood to adulthood, with a particular focus on youth at risk of not achieving self-sufficiency. Vulnerable youth include those growing up in poverty, teen parents, and those who have dropped out of school. We are studying strategies for addressing these and other risks and are providing policymakers with reliable evidence to inform policy debates.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth with Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness: Phase I and II
Evaluating Selected Programs for Expectant and Parenting Youth
Mathematica is testing the effectiveness of three programs for pregnant and parenting youth designed to delay subsequent pregnancies, improve contraception use, and encourage and promote expectant and parenting females to remain in school and, ultimately, graduate.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate...
PREP: Supporting Evaluation and Innovation in Promising Youth Pregnancy Prevention Programs
This project builds on Mathematica’s study of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), and a complementary evaluation technical assistance project, to support evaluations of promising oregnancy prevention programs led by PREP grantees and develop curricula for underserved youth populations.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Ensuring Rigorous Program Evaluations
To continue to build the evidence base on teen pregnancy prevention, a federally funded cohort of 2010-2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees are conducting independent, rigorous evaluations of their programs. Mathematica is providing evaluation technical assistance to ensure design and implementation...
Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation
Mathematica is conducting a cross-site evaluation and providing evaluation technical assistance to partnerships that are working with families in which children are at risk for maltreatment due to a parent or caretaker’s potential substance use dependence.
Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations: Identifying the Knowledge Base and Developing a Research Agenda
Research indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations can face disproportionate risks to their economic and social well-being, yet much remains unknown about the needs of these populations and whether federal human service programs are equipped to meet them. Mathematica Policy...
Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
This eight-year evaluation documented and tested promising pregnancy prevention approaches in seven sites across the United States, each of which implemented a different program.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
To help reduce the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors among teenagers, Congress authorized PREP as part of the 2010 ACA. Mathematica's evaluation is documenting how PREP-funded programs are operationalized and assessing selected programs’ effectiveness....