This evaluation used random assignment to assess innovative approaches to helping welfare-dependent and other low-income families in rural areas to enter, maintain, and advance in employment and to secure family well-being.
- Mixed-methods program evaluation
- Implementation science
- Program cost analysis
- Evaluation and evidence-based technical assistance
- Programs and policies for at-risk youth and families
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Youth Development
- Human Services
Alicia Meckstroth has more than 20 years of experience conducting rigorous, multimethod evaluations of programs for low-income youth and families, particularly those in the areas of welfare to work, teen pregnancy prevention, and youth development. She specializes in program implementation research and analysis. She has conducted and reported on in-depth implementation studies of welfare-to-work and youth-serving programs in 15 states.
Meckstroth serves as project director for Mathematica’s role on the Job Search Assistance Evaluation, an experimental impact and implementation study of four innovative employment and skill-building programs for low-income parents. She provides evaluation and evidence-based technical assistance to human service agencies in select states through the Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research project. She has played lead roles on recent projects to assess technical assistance initiatives in human service policy and program areas and provide technical assistance on measuring outcomes related to housing instability, supportive connections, and socioemotional and mental health for youth in the child welfare system. She previously led the implementation study for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches and served as project director and principal investigator for the Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation, an experimental impact and benefit-cost study of two innovative programs for at-risk families.
Meckstroth, who joined Mathematica in 1994, holds a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. She has authored a wide range of reports and publications on program effectiveness, program implementation, and related lessons for policy and practice and has made many presentations to policy, practitioner, and research groups. Before joining Mathematica, she worked as an economist with the Statistics of Income Division at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she directed an annual statistical and descriptive study on the role of private foundations and other nonprofit organizations.
Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches
This eight-year evaluation documented and tested promising pregnancy prevention approaches in seven sites across the United States, each of which implemented a different program.