Cleo Jacobs Johnson

Senior Survey Researcher
  • Survey design
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Field data collection
Focus Areas
  • Early Childhood
  • Child Welfare
  • Education
  • School Choice and Charters
  • Family Support
  • Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
  • Human Services
About Cleo

Cleo Jacobs Johnson specializes in early childhood, education, and family support research.

Her experience includes data collection for large multi-site evaluations, including Building Strong Families as well as the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey. As survey director for Parents and Children Together, she oversees data collection on this large-scale, multisite, random assignment evaluation of grant programs that aim to strengthen and support responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships, and marriage. She also has a key role for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, assessing the effectiveness of federally funded home visiting programs for families with pregnant women and young children. In addition, she leads the start-up component of the Kauffman School Evaluation, a study of the first five years of the Kauffman Charter School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Before joining Mathematica, Jacobs Johnson conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania for the National Center on Fathers and Families as well as the Center for Health Achievement Neighborhoods Growth and Ethnic Studies. She also worked on an evaluation of the Schools and Families Educating Children program for the University of Illinois-Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in applied psychology and human development from the University of Pennsylvania.

Key Projects
  • PACT Fathers
    Parents and Children Together (PACT)

    Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a six-year evaluation of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant program to help couples build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction.

  • female entrepreneur
    Kauffman Firm Survey

    The Kauffman Firm Survey aimed to help new business owners overcome start-up challenges and build innovative, growing companies. Mathematica conducted the study to help the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with its mission to promote new business development.