CLEAR’s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs.
- Reproductive health and family planning
- Maternal and child health
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Social enterprises
- Quasi-experimental and experimental evaluations
- Systematic reviews
- Training and Re-Employment
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
Dana Rotz’s research focuses on labor, education, international, and family support topics. She specializes in evaluations of reproductive health and family planning issues, as well as employment and training programs.
Rotz plays a key role in the design and analysis of a large-scale, multisite study exploring effective ways to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. She is also currently examining the impacts of job training, occupational counseling, and other career services on participants in the federal Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs. Her international work includes an analysis of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Initiative to improve maternal and child health outcomes in Bihar, India. In the education arena, Rotz serves as a reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse, where she also plays a pivotal role in developing standards and processes briefs for practitioners.
Before joining Mathematica in 2012, Rotz held positions at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Boston University. She has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is a reviewer for The Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
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.
Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration commissioned Mathematica to conduct a national random assignment evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker programs' effectiveness.
Policy in Perspective: Divorce and Women’s Retirement
A new study reveals that women who have been divorced are more likely to be working at ages 50 to 74 than women who have never been divorced. Senior Researcher Dana Rotz discusses the findings in this episode of Mathematica’s “Policy in Perspective” podcast.
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...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...