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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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Packet Online

Packet Online
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:18:45 -0800

As Mathematica Policy Research continues to grow and diversify its offerings, we are pleased to announce the appointment of new officers to lead the company. Appointment of Myles Maxfield as Senior Vice President Myles Maxfield has been named senior ...
Science 2.0
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:15:00 -0800

... at reimagining how the entire primary care workforce should be structured, with one goal of the process being an increase in primary care physicians' career satisfaction," says lead author Catherine DesRoches, DrPH, of Mathematica Policy Research.

Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:59 -0800

So it's a bit silly to assume that “back pain” is all of those cases. (A 2013 study by Mathematica Policy Research suggests 18.8 percent of DI-only recipients reported back disorders as a primary impairment; “anxiety disorders” represented 3.2 percent ...
PR Web (press release)
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:07:30 -0800

We are thrilled that findings from Mathematica Policy Research validate Education Pioneers' own internal data on the measurable impact that our leaders are making on education organizations' short- and long-term capacity to build robust data cultures ...

Inside Philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:25:27 -0800

Research by Mathematica Policy Research found that KIPP tends to enroll fewer “high needs” students, such as English Language Learners and those in special education programs. Whatever you may think of the KIPP approach, it has won a lot of admirers ...
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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:00:00 -0800

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Hartford Courant
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:33:45 -0800

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:07:04 -0800

Many parents whose kids have their eye on an exclusive, private college face a difficult question: Is it worth unloading your life's savings or having your child take on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans? The average four-year private ...

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