Mathematica is a trusted learning partner to foundations and grantees, supporting their efforts to transform communities and catalyze social change. Working at the intersection of strategy, evaluation, and practice, we help maximize the impact of foundation investments, ensuring they are evidence-informed and move the needle on complex challenges.


Mathematica offers foundations a full range of learning and evaluation services to strengthen program design and execution across the strategy lifecycle. We help foundations and their grantees to better understand the problems they seek to tackle; develop data-driven solutions and strategies; refine programs based on results and learning; and generate rigorous evidence on effective approaches that can advance the field. Our approach is rooted in collaboration, equity, and a commitment to improving social outcomes. Whether providing strategy insights, using data science and analytics to improve programs, or conducting evaluations, we engage closely with foundations and their partners to ensure our work is tailored to their decision-making and learning needs. We draw on the best available methods, tools, and technology to produce credible data and evidence, and leverage strategic learning and dissemination techniques to support evidence-based action. To amplify lessons learned, and in our role as thought partner, we work with foundations to convene stakeholders and communities of practice around key sector and cross-sectoral issues.

How Mathematica Helps Grantees and Foundations Use Evidence

We have supported foundations and philanthropic partnerships to address a range of complex issues domestically and internationally—from ensuring quality public education and expanding access to health coverage in the U.S., to reducing health and gender inequalities in Africa and Asia, to facilitating action on global climate change. Our philanthropy partners benefit from the diverse expertise of our 1,200 staff, our deep networks in the U.S. and globally, and our wide-ranging capabilities. Our broad-based capacity enables us to be a flexible and nimble partner, adapting to foundations’ evolving strategy and information needs in real-time to ensure that learning informs decisions and deepens impact.