Mathematica is evaluating the human development activities of an initiative that seeks to address poverty and economic development in the Northern Zone of El Salvador.
- Design and Implementation of Experimental and Nonexperimental Evaluations
- Education Research
- International Development
Larissa Campuzano has expertise designing and implementing experimental and nonexperimental evaluations. Her main research areas are education and international development.
Campuzano is the project director and principal investigator of the evaluation of the Human Capital Project of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s second compact with El Salvador. The second compact includes evaluations of the Integrated Systems of Full Time Inclusive Schools model, the strengthening of the national education system, and the improvement of the technical vocational education system. She was also the project director of evaluation services for the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s first compact in El Salvador. The interventions evaluated under the first compact include the improvement of secondary schools, scholarships for secondary education, improvement of a technical postsecondary institution, training for skills development, technical and material assistance for productive development, and a loan program for productive development.
Campuzano leads the implementation of three experimental evaluations of reading programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Peru and Guatemala. These evaluations are based on randomized controlled trial designs, and they followed students for the first two or three years of elementary education. She was a task leader on the impact evaluation of the dropout prevention programs for East Asia funded by USAID. Campuzano was the deputy principal investigator for the English Language Learners topic area of the What Works Clearinghouse, and she is a member of the peer review team of the Regional Educational Laboratories, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. Campuzano has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Games and Economic Behavior and the Journal of Well-Being and Social Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.
El Salvador: Impact Evaluation of Education, Training, and Productive Development
Educational Technology: Does It Improve Academic Achievement?
Mathematica’s National Study of the Effectiveness of Educational Technology Interventions was a rigorous evaluation of the efficacy of technology applications designed to improve student learning in math and reading in grades K-12.
The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...