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.
- Evaluation design and analysis
- Random assignment
- Evaluation technical assistance
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Evaluating education programs and policies
- Early Childhood
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- Family Support
- Child Welfare
- Youth Development
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
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. He is currently serving as principal investigator on a national impact evaluation of the popular teen pregnancy prevention program Making Proud Choices! He is also deputy project director of the cross-site evaluation of the Regional Partnership Grant program, which funds evidence-based services and programs designed to increase the well-being and enhance the safety of children who are in or at risk of out-of-home placements as a result of a parent or caretaker’s substance abuse.
Cole has also been involved in several evaluation technical assistance projects. He has previously served as the principal investigator on an evaluation technical assistance project that provided technical assistance and monitoring to more than 60 local evaluations of federally funded teen pregnancy prevention programs, and is currently providing evaluation technical assistance to grantees serving youth at risk of homelessness.
Cole also has extensive experience in evidence reviews through his work on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). On that project, he has held multiple roles, including leading all review products (including intervention reports, single study reviews, and quick review blasts) and serving as the statistical and technical analysis team lead.
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
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...
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...