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...
- Evaluation design
- Analysis planning
- Evaluation technical assistance
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Evaluating education programs and policies
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Youth Development
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- Early Childhood Systems
Russell Cole has expertise in research design, evaluation technical assistance, and systematic reviews. His research focuses on education, teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood and child welfare projects, and systems evaluation.
Since joining Mathematica in 2009, Cole has worked on the design and analysis of several cross-site studies, including an evaluation of evidence-based home visitation and the National Evaluation of Living Cities’ Integration Initiative, for which he served as project director. He currently serves as a deputy project director of a national cross-site evaluation of 21 grantees participating in the Regional Partnership Grants program to support families with substance abuse problems in the child welfare system.
Cole has also been involved in several evaluation technical assistance projects. Currently, he is the deputy project director and principal investigator for a project where he oversees a team of researchers providing technical assistance to more than 40 local evaluations of federally funded teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Cole also has extensive experience in evidence reviews through his work on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). He is currently the lead for all review products (including intervention reports, single study reviews, quick review blasts) and the statistical and technical analysis team lead for the WWC. He holds a Ph.D. in policy research, evaluation, and measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs to Prevent Child Maltreatment
This national cross-site evaluation was designed to (1) examine the degree to which system change occurred, (2) document the fidelity with which the program models were implemented, and (3) identify implementation strategies and challenges.
Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation
Mathematica is conducting a cross-site evaluation and providing evaluation technical assistance to partnerships that are working with families in which children are at risk for maltreatment due to a parent or caretaker’s potential substance use dependence.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Ensuring Rigorous Program Evaluations
To continue to build the evidence base on teen pregnancy prevention, a federally funded cohort of 2010-2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees are conducting independent, rigorous evaluations of their programs. Mathematica is providing evaluation technical assistance to ensure design and implementation...
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...