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Mathematica is conducting extensive research on programs that focus on the critical transition from childhood to adulthood, with a particular focus on youth at risk of not achieving self-sufficiency. Vulnerable youth include those growing up in poverty, teen parents, and those who have dropped out of school. We are studying strategies for addressing these and other risks and are providing policymakers with reliable evidence to inform policy debates.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth with Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness: Phase I and II
ACF funded 18 grantees to develop and test comprehensive programs to reduce homelessness among former foster youth. Mathematica is providing implementation technical assistance to six grantees to strengthen their abilitly to use data to make evidence-based decisions.
Evaluating Selected Programs for Expectant and Parenting Youth
Mathematica is testing the effectiveness of three programs for pregnant and parenting youth designed to delay subsequent pregnancies, improve contraception use, and encourage and promote expectant and parenting females to remain in school and, ultimately, graduate.
Diana McCallum’s research spans the education and family support topics. She specializes in evaluation technical assistance and conducting systematic reviews to inform policy.Featured Projects
- The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse: The What Works Clearinghouse of Proven and Promising Approaches to Move Welfare Recipients to Work
- How Does School Choice Affect Racial Integration?
- How Does School Choice Affect Student Achievement in Traditional Public Schools?
- Early Childhood
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- Effective Data Use
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Family Support
- Youth Development
- Human Services