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- Nutrition and education policy
- Programs for at-risk youth
- Methodological expertise on design issues for impact evaluations of educational interventions
- Human Services
John Burghardt is a senior fellow emeritus in Mathematica's Princeton, NJ, office. Burghardt, who joined the firm in 1979, is an expert in nutrition and education policy, and programs for at-risk youth.
He directs a project for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education which provides technical and peer review of applied research studies conducted by the regional educational laboratories to ensure that they meet rigorous standards for scientifically valid research. The project also conducts methodological investigations aimed at improving the cost effectiveness of education evaluations. Burghardt's past work includes directing Mathematica’s national evaluation of the Job Corps program as well as a study of pilot projects implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test approaches for reducing errors in approving students for free and reduced-price school meals.
Burghardt presents at professional conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Evaluation Review, Journal of Urban Health, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Evaluation of the Job Corps Program
The study was the first nationally representative experimental evaluation of a federal employment and training program for disadvantaged youth. From late 1994 to early 1996, nearly 81,000 eligible applicants nationwide were randomly assigned to either a program or control group.
Improving the Quality of Life for Youth
Through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Congress established Job Corps, a national vocational and academic training program for disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24. The program costs the federal government $1.6 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive education and training programs funded...