In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate...
- At-risk youth
- Child welfare
- Preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy
- Early Childhood
- Family Support
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood Systems
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Youth Development
- TANF and Employment Issues
Matthew Stagner directs Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, evaluation design, and the role of research in policymaking.
His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care.
Prior to joining Mathematica, Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and as a senior lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Stagner also served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Among his many professional activities and honors, Stagner is a member of the Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group in the Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. He has also served as a reviewer for the Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
While at HHS, Stagner received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer Award” for his help in creating the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as well as the Commendable Service Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Super-Utilization of Child Welfare and Other Services
Mathematica Policy Research and Casey Family Programs have collaborated to study “super-utilizers” of child welfare and other services (referred to as the “Super-Utilizer Study”). The objective of this study is to better understand who super-utilizers are, specifically identifying their characteristics...
Design Options for Understanding Child Maltreatment Incidence
This project will result in a set of rigorous and creative design options to address critical research questions and improve ongoing surveillance of child abuse and neglect as well as related risk factors.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth with Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness
ACF funded 18 grantees to develop and test comprehensive programs to reduce homelessness among former foster youth. Mathematica provided evaluation technical assistance to grantees, assisted with testing the interventions, and conducted a process study.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth with Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness: Phase II
Mathematica is guiding usability testing, formative evaluation, and summary evaluation prep for grantees developing comprehensive and innovative programs to support at-risk youth in making a successful transition to independent adult life.
Stagner Testifies Before Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
At the January 5 hearing of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Chicago, Mathematica Senior Fellow Matthew Stagner talks about the importance of using evidence to improve programs and inform policy decisions.