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.
Alicia Meckstroth has more than 20 years of experience conducting rigorous, multimethod evaluations of programs for low-income youth and families, particularly those in the areas of welfare to work, teen pregnancy prevention, and youth development.Featured Projects
- Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
- Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
- Preventing Rapid Repeat Teen Pregnancy with Motivational Interviewing and Contraceptive Access: Implementing Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy (T.O.P.P.)
- Engaging Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Early Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Youth Development
- Child Welfare
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research