Dana Rotz

Dana Rotz

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Reproductive health and family planning
  • Maternal and child health
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Social enterprises
  • Quasi-experimental and experimental evaluations
  • Systematic reviews

Topics
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Training and Reemployment
  • Family Support
  • Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
  • Justice
About Dana

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.

Key Projects
  • What Works Clearinghouse
    What Works Clearinghouse

    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.

Latest News
  • podcast
    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.