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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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Greeley Tribune
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:41:15 -0700

Conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, the study found significant gains across a number of subjects and student subgroups. The program operates three charter schools in the Denver area, and they too are producing remarkable results for some of ...
ModernHealthcare.com (blog)
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700

Medication reconciliation, a standard operating procedure at hospitals, remains a process in need of work, according to a report based on a study of 19 hospitals released by the National Institute for Health Care Reform. Medication reconciliation was ...

Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:41:15 -0700

Kentucky is one of six states with the highest rates of re-institutionalization of persons in this program (between 10 and 36 percent of current participants) according to a report by Mathematica Policy Research called "Money Follows the Person ...
Houston Chronicle
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:18 -0700

The comptroller cited a study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research that workers who complete an apprenticeship program bring home bigger paychecks and earn an extra $240,000 over their lifetimes. "I'm very glad to see her encourage apprentice ...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700

It's difficult for governments to estimate many costs that will take place in the future. In fact, we've gotten kind of tired of coming up with more clever metaphors about inadequate crystal balls, tepid tea leaves, ineffective tarot cards and so on ...
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700

A growing body of research demonstrates the effectiveness of Teach For America corps members. Recent studies by Mathematica Policy Research, the University of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee found that corps members have a positive impact ...
Northwest Georgia News
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:18:02 -0700

“During recessions we see a spike in disability,” says David Wittenburg, a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research. It's a trend that has been made worse by a shifts in the labor market. “There's an increasing demand for high-skilled labor ...


Tech Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:02:49 -0700

Being on SDI and SSI can also be a barrier to seeking employment since beneficiaries who begin working can find themselves losing Medicare or Medicaid benefits, says David Wittenburg, senior scholar at Mathematica Policy Research. That's why once on ...

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