Russell Cole

Russell Cole

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • 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
About Russell

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.

Key Projects
  • 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...

  • What Works Clearinghouse
    What Works Clearinghouse

    The What Works Clearinghouse collects, reviews, and reports on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making has increased demand for this type of information.

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