Matt Sloan

Matt Sloan

Director, Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation
Areas of Expertise
  • Conducting rigorous program evaluations 
  • Managing complex data collections
  • Managing international program evaluations in Francophone African and other developing country contexts
  • International
  • Agriculture
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Education
About Matt

Matt Sloan has significant international experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collection.

Sloan currently leads several evaluations of programs designed to improve education outcomes. He is directing impact evaluations of programs in Burkina Faso and Niger aimed to increase girls’ school enrollment, attendance, and learning. T He is also overseeing the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and implementation of a multi-method impact evaluation of a program that supports education initiatives for economically disadvantaged students in sub-Saharan Africa and other areas in the developing world. . In the Republic of Georgia, he is directing a five-year evaluation of education investments aimed at rehabilitating school infrastructure, classroom assessments, and teacher training.

Sloan also focuses on the agriculture sector and directs an evaluation of activities to enhance that sector in Morocco. He oversaw the design of an ex-post evaluation of a farmer training and technical assistance program in Madagascar and ­­­implementation of a performance evaluation of activities there.

In the democracy and governance sector, Sloan recently completed a multi-method evaluation of the Rwanda Threshold Program, which focused on strengthening the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police.

Sloan, who joined Mathematica in 2004, presents to professional associations, including the American Evaluation Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He holds an M.S. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College.

Key Projects
  • Niger
    Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)

    Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.

  • Georgia school building
    Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project

    The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities

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  • Literacy in the Developing World

    As efforts such as International Literacy Day call attention to worldwide initiatives to enhance education, Mathematica Policy Research contributes to this critical issue by evaluating the impact of literacy and education programs in developing countries.

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