Emily Sama-Miller

Emily Sama-Miller

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Implementation and process evaluation
  • Administrative data analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Two-generation programs
Topics
  • Early Childhood
  • Family Support
  • Systematic Evidence Reviews
  • Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
  • Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • TANF and Employment Issues
About Emily

Emily Sama-Miller specializes in implementation evaluation, analysis of administrative data for human services programs, and evidence reviews.

Sama-Miller’s implementation and process evaluation experience includes planning and designing data collection tools, preparing packages for Office of Management and Budget clearance, training data collectors and collecting data, and analysis and reporting on qualitative data. Her work in this area has focused on the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations and programs that aim to support them including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and Head Start. She has worked with states and pilot programs to compile and analyze program outcomes using SNAP and TANF administrative data and locally-collected outcomes data. Recently, she directed a project to explore how new modes of outreach may improve access to SNAP for elderly and people with disabilities through matching SNAP and Medicaid administrative files. Currently, she directs a project that is performing a literature review and scan of the field to summarize the current landscape of two-generation programs. It will culminate in a conceptual framework and evaluability assessment for such programs.

In addition, Sama-Miller has taken a lead role in three comprehensive evidence review projects. Currently, she serves as project director on the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review, which identifies evidence-based maternal and infant home visiting programs eligible for federal funding. She also serves as project director for a review of the evidence base on employment and training programs and strategies for low-income individuals, and as deputy project director for the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research, which examines a range of labor-related topics. Additionally, she served as a senior reviewer, topic area coordinator, and training assessor on the What Works Clearinghouse.

Sama-Miller, who joined Mathematica in 2004, holds an M.P.P. in education, social, and family policy from Georgetown University.

Key Projects
  • Home Visiting
    How Effective Is Home Visiting?

    The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness study is a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting programs that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5.