David Jones

David Jones

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Health Policy
  • Evaluation Design
  • Evaluations of Public Health Programs and Policies
  • Health Systems
  • Cost and Quality of Care and Access to Care
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Health
  • Population Health
  • Statistics and Measurement
  • Quality Measurement
  • Medicare
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
About David

David Jones’ research focuses on evaluating the impact of public health programs and policies, composition of health care systems in the U.S. and the quality and cost of care delivered by systems, and methods used to calculate and compare hospital quality indicators.

Jones currently leads the evaluation of several public health programs and policies, including studies of  (1) fiscal and economic impacts of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts on state and local budgets, (2) the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on prices, purchases, and consumption among families and children, (3) head impacts among youth football players, including a randomized control trial of an alternative tackling technique and robot tackling dummies and comparison of impacts in tackle and flag football, and (4) the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation program, an initiative that provides cardiovascular screening and lifestyle programs to uninsured and underinsured women. Jones also leads Mathematica’s work with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Comparative Hospital System Performance (CHSP) Initiative to develop the Compendium of U.S. Health Systems, 2016 and leverage the Compendium to study the formation of health systems and how they deliver care. Past work for AHRQ) includes an analysis of the methods used to calculate the AHRQ quality indicators, with a focus on how the methods can be improved to better facilitate comparisons across types of hospitals. In addition, Jones also leads a project for the Minnesota Department of Health that projects health care spending in the state, including analyses of cost drivers of spending and estimation of the costs of chronic conditions.

Before joining Mathematica in 2008, Jones held positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Abt Associates, Inc.; and Duke University, where his research focused on issues related to preventive care for children. Jones holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He publishes in peer-reviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for Health Services Research and the International Journal of Environmental and Public Health.

Key Projects
  • Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Comparative Health System Performance Initiative (1) to study how health care delivery systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care and (2) to understand the connections between the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research...

  • Evaluation Design for a Transformed Healthy Start Program

    Mathematica developed an evaluation design and plan for the transformed Healthy Start Program, an initiative that aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality. The data collection tools we developed included program surveys, a site visit protocol, and a focus group protocol.

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