This project provides independent external review of products produced by the U.S. Department of Education’s 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs).
- Developing new projects for foundations and non-profit organizations
- Designing and managing evaluations
- Assessing program outcomes, impacts, and implementation
- Interventions designed to enhance college and career readiness
- Dropout prevention, charter schools, and special education
- School Choice and Charters
- College and Career Readiness
Joshua Haimson is responsible for developing and overseeing Mathematica’s human service projects for foundations and non-profits. These projects span a wide variety of topics and programs in the U.S. including education, early childhood, youth, workforce, family support, child welfare, nutrition, housing, and criminal justice. They include projects supporting strategic planning; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; performance measurement; data analytics; and technical assistance.
Haimson is also a senior researcher specializing in education projects. He has helped design and lead studies focused on many topics, including college and career readiness, dropout prevention, charter schools, extended learning time, summer learning programs, and special education. He currently directs a project providing technical support to the 10 Regional Education Labs; for that project he leads a team of about 20 staff that reviews all the labs’ study proposals and reports. Haimson also directed the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, which included an analysis of the challenges faced by students with disabilities as they complete and leave high school, drawing on surveys of a nationally representative sample of youth and parents. He directed the National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness, which evaluated the impact of CMOs on student achievement and identified promising practices associated with positive impacts. He also led an analysis of the value of various academic and non-academic competencies.
Haimson earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Peer Review and Support for Regional Educational Laboratories
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012
This study gathered information on students with and without disabilities, including those needing special education services, those with a condition that qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and others with no identified disability.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)
This study examined the impact that CMOs had on student achievement, as well as the CMO structures, practices, and policy contexts that may influence these outcomes. Data sources included school records; site visits; CMO and district cost data; and surveys of CMOs, principals, and teachers.
Our Charter School Research: Providing an Objective Voice in the Debate
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences commissioned Mathematica to conduct the first nationwide, lottery-based study of charter schools. The lottery-based design compared outcomes for applicants admitted to the charter middle school through the lottery to outcomes...