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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 five divisions: data analytics, health, human services, international research, and survey. 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.


External links[edit]

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

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

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Mathematica Minute - Princeton office

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The guide, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research and released this week as part of the What Works Clearinghouse, includes three specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching algebra. It's based on a review of studies about algebra instruction that ...

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A review of Enroll's efforts by Mathematica Policy Research, commissioned by RWJF, found that the organization played a key role in coordinating outreach campaigns and forging partnerships. A review of its impact on enrollment is forthcoming, but an ...

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Mathematica Policy Research of Princeton, N.J., will conduct a longitudinal evaluation of the project, beginning with creation of a random-assignment system to place participants in either the treatment or usual-services groups. The plan is to begin ...

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