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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.
Senior Fellow; Director of Youth and Family Research
Robert Wood’s research focuses on policies affecting low-income families and disadvantaged youth.Featured Projects
- Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
- Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Youth Development
- Human Services