The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse is a comprehensive, transparent, and systematic assessment of the effectivness of interventions designed to help low-income job seekers succeed in the labor market.
- Quasi-experimental and experimental evaluations
- Systematic reviews and research clearinghouses
- Benefit-cost analysis
- Policies to promote employment in disadvantaged populations
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Human Services
- Training and Re-employment
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Family Support
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Dana Rotz is an expert on systematic reviews with extensive experience designing and conducting rigorous impact evaluations. Her work focuses on developing and distilling evidence on interventions that support families and help workers succeed in the labor market.
Rotz currently serves as the principal investigator for the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse—a systematic assessment of the effectiveness of interventions designed to help low-income job seekers succeed in the labor market—and as deputy project director for the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research—a comprehensive resource supporting decision making related to labor policies and programs. Formerly, she was a deputy project director for the What Works Clearinghouse. Rotz has also played key roles in design or analysis for 20 experimental or quasi-experimental evaluations, including the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation, Personal Responsibility Education Program Multi-Component Evaluation, America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program Evaluation, and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Impact Evaluation.
Rotz has published in many peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Human Resources, American Journal of Evaluation, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and has presented at many professional conferences and briefings. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration commissioned Mathematica to conduct a national random assignment evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker programs' effectiveness.
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
To help reduce the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors among teenagers, Congress authorized PREP as part of the 2010 ACA. Mathematica's evaluation is documenting how PREP-funded programs are operationalized and assessing selected programs’ effectiveness....
Evaluating Outcomes and Impacts of Social Enterprises Run by REDF's Portfolio Organizations
Mathematica's evaluation—the Mathematica Jobs Study or MJS—included five evaluations: (1) an implementation study, (2) an outcomes study, (3) a quasi-experimental design (QED) study, (4) a monitoring study, and (5) a cost benefit analysis (CBA).
Policy in Perspective: Divorce and Women’s Retirement
A new study reveals that women who have been divorced are more likely to be working at ages 50 to 74 than women who have never been divorced. Senior Researcher Dana Rotz discusses the findings in this episode of Mathematica’s “Policy in Perspective” podcast.
The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...