Mathematica partners with Middle Years Math grantees on the development and execution of customized measurement and evaluation (M&E) plans. Through the technical assistance that Mathematica provides, grantees learn more about the impact of their programs and build capacity to conduct M&E activities on their own. Continuous improvement and equity and community voice frameworks inform all stages of this work.
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s K-12 Education portfolio, this project seeks to dramatically improve middle years math instruction, so that all students who are Black, Latino, and/or experiencing poverty deeply know, are able to use, and enjoy math by the time they reach high school.
Grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Air Tutors, ASSISTments, Blueprint Schools Network, Breakthrough Collaborative, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), Cignition, Common Denominator, Crossroads, Imagine Learning, Latino Student Fund, Math Corps, New Classrooms, Saga Education, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Teaching Systems Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Teachley, The Calculus Project, Upchieve, Texas Mindset Initiative (TxMI; University of Texas at Austin), youcubed (Stanford University)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mathematica is working in close partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its grantees to systematically collect and synthesize evidence on solutions for math teaching and learning in grades 3 through 9. The evidence is being used to (1) inform grantees’ program development and improvement, and (2) generate evidence about the effectiveness of middle years math solutions in the portfolio.
New Measurement and Evaluation Toolkit
As the evaluation technical assistance partner for two portfolios of investments in Middle Years Math and Secondary Writing—funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—Mathematica developed a set of tools to support grantees through a measurement and evaluation (M&E) process. The goal of these portfolios is to develop, refine, and scale evidence-based solutions (programs, products, or practices) that demonstrate success in improving educational outcomes for students who are Black, Latino, and/or experiencing poverty (the priority communities for the grants).
To expand the reach of this work and promote the adoption of evidence-based solutions more broadly, Mathematica has adapted the suite of M&E tools for a broader set of users—organizations implementing solutions, funders, research partners, and other stakeholders. The tools are designed to help users implement the M&E process in their own work. Organizations or individuals may choose to use one tool or the full set and can adapt the tools to their needs.