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.
Labor Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Practitioners and policymakers have a growing need for scientifically based research on effective programs and policies. For instance, they might like to implement an evidence-based program designed to improve the labor-market prospects of workers or their working conditions. Although a wide literature on such topics exists, interpreting the evidence can be challenging. Mathematica fills the gap between the research and its interpretation by determining which programs and policies are effective and disseminating the information in a user-friendly format.
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.
Jaime Thomas studies the effects of early childhood, K–12, and postsecondary education interventions on children and students, their families, and their communities.Featured Projects
- Learning About Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): Identifying What Works
- Evaluating Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants
- Informal Caregivers Research Project: Characteristics, Networks, and Needs of Informal Caregivers and Parents in California
- Toddlers in Early Head Start: A Portrait of 2-Year-Olds, Their Families, and the Programs Serving Them (Executive Summary)
- Early Childhood
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- College and Career Readiness
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Human Services