Robin Dion

Robin Dion

Senior Fellow
Areas of Expertise
  • Evaluation of programs focused on responsible fatherhood and family strengthening
  • Improvement of programs and initiatives to strengthen at-risk youth
  • Family Support
  • Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
  • Youth Development
About Robin

Robin Dion is a national expert in evaluating programs focused on fatherhood, family strengthening, and at-risk youth.

Dion directs Parents and Children Together, a large-scale, six-year, multisite random assignment evaluation of federal grant programs awarded in 2011 to strengthen and support responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships/marriage. The evaluation includes multiple components to study program implementation, participant characteristics, and program impacts. She is also senior advisor for a seven-year project focused on more than 100 programs receiving similar grants in 2015. Dion was the principal investigator for a systematic review of implementation studies reporting on successful and promising program models to strengthen families and promote responsible fatherhood. She was also a co-principal investigator of Mathematica’s flagship Building Strong Families project, a nine-year demonstration and rigorous evaluation of programs to strengthen the relationships of low-income unmarried parents.

Dion’s work related to youth includes a study of housing options for youth aging out of the foster care system, a study of summer youth employment, and a project that developed a conceptual framework for improving the lives and self-sufficiency of at-risk youth.

Before joining Mathematica in 1999, Dion served as a senior research analyst for Child Trends, Inc. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Association for Public Policy and Management. Dion is a frequent speaker at national conferences, has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions. She holds an M.A. in social psychology from Arizona State University.

Key Projects
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT)

    Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a six-year evaluation of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant program to help couples build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.

  • Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

    This project focused on public resources and policies that can help prevent or mitigate homelessness among this population. The project included a focus on how communities are utilizing Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers to serve these youth.

  • Youth Demonstration Development Project

    This project involved developing program frameworks to help promote self-sufficiency and improve the lives of at-risk youth and inform decisions about possible future program approaches, demonstrations, and evaluations.