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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 Negative Income Tax Experiment, 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 are nationally recognized expertise 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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Business Wire (press release)
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:37:30 -0700

RCE provides decision-makers with timely, actionable and compelling evidence of whether operational changes improve program outcomes. Many operational changes can be tested in a matter of months. RCE employs a rigorous, scientific approach, ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:48:45 -0700

Last month, Mathematica Policy Research announced some preliminary research results that measured the effects of charter schools on long-term educational attainment and subsequent earnings of public charter school students. They found significant ...
AAFP News Now
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:52:30 -0700

In an attempt to identify new ways to deliver and pay for primary care, CMS is sponsoring demonstration projects nationally with the hope of achieving better care at lower cost. Jay Crosson, Ph.D., a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy ...
Washington Post
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:07:42 -0700

“The whole idea was to create a way to do the kind of research that would inform the real world,” explained Eugene Rich, who researches health-care effectiveness for Mathematica Policy Research, based in Princeton, N.J.. The database — an idea that ...
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:26:15 -0700

... of registered apprentices in 10 states showed that in the sixth year after enrollment, women made $2,615 more annually than non-participants, according to a July 2012 study for the Labor Department by Princeton-based Mathematica Policy Research.
New York Times (blog)
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:34:57 -0700

Over all, nearly 80 percent of people eligible for food stamps in 2011 were using them, according to an analysis by Mathematica Policy Research. But among those over 60, the participation rate was about half that, 39 percent. That means more than 5.2 ...
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:18:45 -0700

A survey of registered apprentices in 10 states showed that in the sixth year after enrollment, women made $2,615 more annually than nonparticipants, according to a July 2012 study for the Labor Department by Mathematica Policy Research. Men in ...

Center For American Progress

Center For American Progress
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:56:15 -0700

In an exhaustive program-by-program analysis of all federal antipoverty programs, Mathematica Policy Research economist Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Johns Hopkins University economist Robert A. Moffitt, and University of Wisconsin-Madison economist John ...

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