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- At-risk youth
- Child welfare
- Preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy
- Early Childhood
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood Systems
- Family Support
- Child Welfare
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Youth Development
- Human Services
Matthew Stagner directs Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, evaluation design, and the role of research in policymaking.
His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care.
Prior to joining Mathematica, Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and as a senior lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Stagner also served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Among his many professional activities and honors, Stagner is a member of the Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group in the Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. He has also served as a reviewer for the Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
While at HHS, Stagner received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer Award” for his help in creating the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as well as the Commendable Service Award. Stagner is a past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and also served as the organization’s Treasurer and a member of its Policy Council. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth with Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness: Phase I and II
ACF funded 18 grantees to develop and test comprehensive programs to reduce homelessness among former foster youth. Mathematica is providing implementation technical assistance to six grantees to strengthen their abilitly to use data to make evidence-based decisions.
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...
Superutilization of Child Welfare and Other Services
Reducing the number of children in foster care requires actionable policy and practical solutions. By identifying subpopulations of children and youth who use intensive or frequent services, we might shed light on those who lack the right types of support at critical junctures, live in overly restrictive...
Design Options for Understanding Child Maltreatment Incidence
This project will result in a set of rigorous and creative design options to address critical research questions and improve ongoing surveillance of child abuse and neglect as well as related risk factors.
Mathematica at the 2019 ISM Annual Conference
Join Mathematica at the 2019 ISM Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Elizabeth Weigensberg, Mathematica’s state and local child welfare lead, and Matthew Stagner, vice president and director of human services, team up to share their expertise on how being data driven can improve outcomes for...
Mathematica’s Matt Stagner Selected President-Elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
On Friday, November 3, Mathematica’s Matt Stagner was selected for the role of president-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The announcement took place during APPAM’s fall research conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Stagner Testifies Before Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
At the January 5 hearing of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Chicago, Mathematica Senior Fellow Matthew Stagner talks about the importance of using evidence to improve programs and inform policy decisions.