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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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The Heights (subscription)
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700

In her op-ed, Kopp argues that TFA's summer program and its network of support suffices in preparing teachers for the classroom, and she points to a 2013 study by Mathematica Policy Research that found “TFA members moved their students forward an ...
MedPage Today
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:04:27 -0700

Hospitals in smaller markets "really care what others in the community think of them, so that helps explain the pressure on Exeter," said Tu, who works for the nonpartisan Mathematica Policy Research. Moreover, cost information needs to be paired with ...
Kaiser Health News
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0700

Hospitals in smaller markets “really care what others in the community think of them, so that helps explain the pressure on Exeter,” said Tu, who works for the nonpartisan Mathematica Policy Research. Moreover, cost information needs to be paired with ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:30 -0700

Hospitals in smaller markets “really care what others in the community think of them, so that helps explain the pressure on Exeter,” said Tu, who works for the nonpartisan group, Mathematica Policy Research. Moreover, cost information needs to be ...
Washington Post
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:33:45 -0700

A rigorous study of secondary math teachers, published last year by Mathematica Policy Research, found that Teach for America members moved their students forward an extra 2.6 months during one school year. In the three states (Louisiana, North ...
Education Week News (blog)
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:48:45 -0700

That's the takeaway from an early study of the initiative, conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education by the policy analysis firm Mathematica Policy Research and released earlier this week. It represents districts from the 2010 awards; the ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:03:45 -0700

But New Hampshire was the first with a user-friendly website, making it something of a laboratory for health policy researchers, including Ha Tu with Mathematica Policy Research. She's studied the New Hampshire experiment, and found it has made a ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:03:45 -0700

Author: Emily Carrier, M.D., M.Sci., formerly of Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, N.J., now of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, and colleagues. Background: Hospitals are expected to report their median ED LOS to the ...

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