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.
- Implementation and process evaluation
- Administrative data analysis
- Qualitative research
- Two-generation programs
- Early Childhood
- Family Support
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Early Childhood Systems
- TANF and Employment Issues
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.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
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.
Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER)
Mathematica is conducting a systematic review of the research literature on programs and strategies intended to help low-income adults acquire and maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiency.
Reaching the Underserved Elderly and Working Adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Mathematica evaluated demonstration programs in six states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Washington—that focused on increasing SNAP access to the underserved elderly and working adults.
Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security
The project will focus on economic security programs for parents that also provide child development and well-being services for children from birth to age 12.
New Issue Briefs on Home Visiting in Tribal Communities
The HomVEE project recently published new briefs that highlight findings from a research literature review on home visiting models in tribal communities. These briefs summarize key takeaways on developing, adapting, implementing, and evaluating home visiting models delivered in tribal communities.
Read the Research on Programs that Help Families Achieve Economic Security and Improve Child Development
Low-income families face significant challenges navigating low-wage employment or education and training programs while finding good-quality early care and education.