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Mathematica Policy Research is a policy research organization with offices in Princeton, New Jersey; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Oakland, California.[1] Mathematica has more than 1,000 employees and conducts program evaluation, policy research and interpretation, survey design and data collection, and performance measurement and data management. Mathematica works across the United States and in countries around the world for clients that include federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, universities, and private-sector and international groups. It is not affiliated with the computer software Mathematica.


In 1968, Mathematica conducted the first social policy experiment in the United States, the New Jersey Income Maintenance Experiment (an experimental study of a negative income tax), to test ways of encouraging low-income individuals to work.[2] In 1975, it was incorporated under its present name, and in 1986, the firm became employee-owned. The company became known for its large-scale random assignment evaluations of policies and programs such as abstinence education[3] and Job Corps.[4]

Research Centers[edit]

In early 1995, Mathematica formed a research affiliate, the Center for Studying Health System Change which provides objective analyses of how the country’s changing health care system affects individuals and families.

In 2007, the company launched the Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) to inform disability policy formation with rigorous, objective research, and data collected from the people disability policy aims to serve. CSDP provides leadership and support for disability research and data collection conducted by Mathematica.

In early 2008, Mathematica created the Center for Improving Research Evidence (CIRE) to identify, assess, and disseminate results from quality, rigorous research to inform evidence-based policymaking. CIRE also provides technical assistance in designing, conducting, assessing, and using a range of scientific policy research and evaluations to support a growing national and international research base.

In 2010, Mathematica established the Center on Health Care Effectiveness (CHCE) , a resource for policymakers, the public, and other stakeholders, offering expertise and scientific methods to address real-world issues faced by patients, providers, and innovators to improve health care.

In 2013, Mathematica established the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE). Its focus is to provide high quality, objective and rigorous research-based information to funders and policymakers addressing global development issues.

Policy Focus and Capabilities[edit]

Mathematica has three divisions, health, human services, and surveys. Mathematica's research fields include disability, early childhood, education, family support, health, international, labor, and nutrition.

Within these areas, Mathematica provides services such as program evaluation and policy research, survey design and data collection, research assessment and interpretation, and program performance and data management.

Staff and Leadership[edit]

Mathematica's senior leadership consists of Paul Decker, president, chief executive officer; Barbara Devaney executive vice president; chief operating officer; Mary Moore, senior vice president and director of professional and organizational development; Deborah Reed, senior vice president; director, Human Services Research Division; Amy Johnson, senior vice president; director, Surveys and Information Services Division; Patrick Mooney, senior vice president and secretary; director of human resources; Alison Barger, vice president and director of financial operations; and Craig Thornton, senior vice president; chief strategy officer, and managing director, Health Research Division.

Mathematica’s senior fellows , nationally recognized experts in a policy or research field, have established Mathematica as a leader in a technical or methodological area and have an outstanding record of achievement in directing large and complex projects.

Mathematica’s board of directors is chaired by Larry G. Massanari.


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Mathematica Minute: Ann Arbor office

Mary Harrington, Matt Gillingham and Catherine McLaughlin discuss the work of the Ann Arbor office and the environment of Midwestern 'nice.'

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Harrison Greene and Matt Stagner discuss the makeup of the Chicago office – with an emphasis on fun.

Mathematica Overview

Mathematica Policy Research CEO & President Paul Decker gives a overview of the company's rigorous research methods.

TERACAI Testimonial - Mathematica Policy Research

Jim Makowski, a representative of Mathematica Policy Research, describes the ease and benefits of working with TERACAI.

Damien Aquiles Installation at Mathematica Policy Research

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Using Implementation Science to Advance the Adoption of Evidence-Based Programs

This webcast was recorded at Mathematica Policy Research's Washington, DC office on September 30, 2014. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have a g...

Research and Policy Implications: Introduction and Implications for Future Research and Evaluation

Moderator: Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Implications for Future Research and Evaluation: Amy Dworsky, Chapin Hall.

Webinar: International Perspectives on Home Visiting

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Self Employment Training Program

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APPAM Presidential Address 2013

Outgoing APPAM President Paul T. Decker delivered a popular address on November 8, 2013, entitled False Choices, Policy Framing, and the Promise of "Big Data...

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Education Week News (blog)
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:25:36 -0800

The study, released by the Princeton, N.J.-based Mathematica Policy Research, is the third random-assignment study of Teach For America conducted over the past decade. It was commissioned to examine TFA's expansion by about 25 percent by 2012-13, ...
Psychiatry Advisor
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:17:10 -0800

Psychosomatic Medicine. 2002; 64(3):395-406. Wood RG, et al. The Effects of Marriage on Health: A Synthesis of Recent Research Evidence. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for Department of Health and Human Services. June 19, 2007. Burgess C, et al.

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:52:30 -0800

Commissioned by REDF, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund, this first-of-its-kind study was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, an internationally-known research and evaluation firm. "Hundreds of thousands of people in this country want what ...
University of Arkansas Newswire
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:15:00 -0800

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Brian Gill, a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, will give a lecture titled “Re-Imagining Accountability in K-12 Education: A Behavioral Perspective” on Friday, March 6, at the University of Arkansas. The lecture is part ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:52:28 -0800

To that end, REDF commissioned the research firm Mathematica Policy Research to conduct a rigorous, first-of-its-kind study. Just released, the Mathematica Jobs Study evaluated seven social enterprises in California, including Chrysalis, which has ...


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:31:37 -0800

The subsidies would come to an end in states using HealthCare.gov only "if everyone stands still," explains Deborah Chollet, a health insurance research leader at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington. There are other options. "One would be that ...

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:33:45 -0800

ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/act4healthykids), and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Act4HlthyKids). 1 Children's Food Security and Intakes from School Meals, Final Report; Mathematica Policy Research/USDA-Economic ...
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:18:45 -0800

Meanwhile, Andrew Asher, a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, cautioned that health care data are more complex than credit card information. Asher said the adoption of fraud technology has been slow and that more could be done. However, he ...

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