Mathematica is designing options to provide information to the field about ways to improve the effectiveness and deployment of paraprofessionals using the most credible scientific methods.
- Methodological expert in experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of interventions in education, employment, and welfare
- Family Support
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Training and Reemployment
- Unemployment Insurance
- Youth Employment
Peter Schochet is a nationally known methodological expert in experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of interventions in education, employment, and welfare.
Schochet, who has been with Mathematica since 1991, has played a leading role in many large-scale studies of programs such as Job Corps, Early Reading First, Early Head Start, Trade Adjustment Assistance, the Workforce Investment Act, and others. He is currently serving as a principal investigator for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide methodological expertise on design issues for impact evaluations of educational interventions and programs, and several large-scale evaluations of major employment and training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Schochet, who publishes frequently in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis Management, the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, and the Journal of Human Resources, has presented at many professional conferences and briefings and lectured on evaluation design at Columbia University and other venues. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Looking to the Future: Job Corps External Review
The study is looking at structural and service delivery changes to enhance Job Corps, the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth ages 16 through 24. The review builds on prior rigorous research demonstrating that the Job Corps has promise.
Evaluation of the Job Corps Program
The study was the first nationally representative experimental evaluation of a federal employment and training program for disadvantaged youth. From late 1994 to early 1996, nearly 81,000 eligible applicants nationwide were randomly assigned to either a program or control group.
Analytic and Technical Support for Education Researchers and Practitioners
Mathematica provides analytic and technical support for the Regional Educational Laboratories as well as the general education community to systematically assess and create materials and training to advance education research and share best practices.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...
Improving the Quality of Life for Youth
Through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Congress established Job Corps, a national vocational and academic training program for disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24. The program costs the federal government $1.6 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive education and training programs funded...
CIRE Forum: The Growing Demand for Rapid-Cycle Assessment: What Works Best and When?
Pressure to improve program performance and accountability while dealing with limited resources has led to a growing demand for rapid-cycle assessment. However, researchers conducting such assessments face a unique set of challenges that may affect their ability to evaluate programs effectively and objectively....