Arif Mamun

Arif Mamun

Associate Director
  • Design and implementation of experimental and nonexperimental evaluations
  • International development and disability policy
Focus Areas
  • Disability
  • Employment and Income Support
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • International Research
  • Social Protection
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Human Services
About Arif

Arif Mamun designs and conducts experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of social programs. His research includes international development, disability policy, education, and family support. He has substantial experience working with policymakers in Bangladesh, Jordan, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United States.

Mamun is directing rigorous evaluations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s investments for developing the energy sector infrastructure in Tanzania, and the vocational education and training sector in Namibia. He is also involved with USAID Global Development Lab’s rapid feedback monitoring, evaluation, research and learning project aimed at improving rapid learning and adaptive management in the design and implementation of USAID-funded projects. Mamun is also the principal investigator for the impact analysis under the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) evaluation for the Social Security Administration.

In recent years, Mamun has conducted research both domestically and abroad. He led the final impact analysis for the evaluation of the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration projects. He completed several studies on employment among Social Security disability program beneficiaries, including a rigorous evaluation of the original rollout of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. He was a lead reviewer on the Analytic and Technical Services study, contributed to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) as a reviewer, and played a key role in the evaluation of the Upward Bound program. His past work includes providing methodological input for an evaluation of the social assistance system modernization project in Ukraine, estimating costs of programs providing services to orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda, and conducting research on micro-finance in Bangladesh.

Mamun joined Mathematica in 2005. He presents to international and U.S. audiences, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Social Security Bulletin. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Washington.

Key Projects
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    Ghana Power Compact Evaluation

    The Ghana II Compact is a partnership between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Ghana to strengthen the country’s power sector.

  • Tanzania energy sector
    Tanzania Energy-Sector Impact Evaluation

    Mathematica conducted evaluations of two activities and a related initiative under the Tanzania energy-sector project. The activities included laying a new submarine cable to provide a more reliable source of electricity to Unguja Island, extending lines into new areas, and offering low-cost electricity...

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