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- Evaluation technical assistance and training
- Designing and conducting impact evaluations using both experimental and quasi-experimental methods
- Systematic reviews
- Programs and policies affecting low-income families and disadvantaged youth
- Teenage pregnancy prevention
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Youth Development
- Human Services
Jean Knab has expertise in research design and implementation, evaluation technical assistance, and systematic reviews. Her experience covers a range of policy areas, including teenage pregnancy prevention, education, early childhood, and support for low-income families.
Knab is the project director of a $7.2 million project for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) overseeing more than 60 grantees and local evaluators conducting rigorous studies of programs designed to reduce risky sexual behaviors and pregnancy among teens. The project provides grantees and evaluators with training and technical assistance to ensure quality evaluations are designed, implemented, analyzed, and disseminated. Knab is also the deputy project director on a multi-site design and feasibility study of teen pregnancy prevention programs for OAH. She will co-lead the project and design of four evaluations, oversee site selection and monitoring, and summarize final results. Knab is also a researcher on the evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program, a large-scale initiative to replicate evidenced-based pregnancy prevention programs nationwide, overseeing an impact evaluation in New York. Previously Knab oversaw reviewer certification training and topic area reviews on the What Works Clearinghouse. Knab also directed a project to help a foundation determine whether it is achieving its goal of reducing hardships and poverty through the administration of small grants to individuals and families.
Before joining Mathematica, Knab served as the study director for the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study, a longitudinal study of a birth cohort of youth, focused largely on understanding the effects of being born to unmarried parents. She also worked at MDRC on numerous welfare to work evaluations. A reviewer for several academic journals, including Demography and the Journal of Marriage and Family, she holds a Ph.D. in sociology, with a concentration in demography, from Princeton University.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate...
PREP: Supporting Evaluation and Innovation in Promising Youth Pregnancy Prevention Programs
This project builds on Mathematica’s study of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), and a complementary evaluation technical assistance project, to support evaluations of promising oregnancy prevention programs led by PREP grantees and develop curricula for underserved youth populations.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Ensuring Rigorous Program Evaluations
To continue to build the evidence base on teen pregnancy prevention, a federally funded cohort of 2010-2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees are conducting independent, rigorous evaluations of their programs. Mathematica is providing evaluation technical assistance to ensure design and implementation...
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...