Strengthening Human Services to Improve Public Well-Being in Colorado

2014 - present



Mathematica partners with a broad coalition of human services professionals to design and test innovative solutions to pressing challenges and generate useful evidence along the way.


To spur evidence-building innovation that leads to improved public well-being.

Partners in Progress

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and the Office of Family Assistance, both within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have provided significant support for our partnerships in Colorado.

Prepared For

State of Colorado

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

Jefferson County Department of Human Services

Routt County Department of Human Services

Prowers County Department of Human Services

Bohemian Foundation

Bezos Family Foundation

Early Milestones Colorado

SAFY Colorado

Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Since 2014, more than nine state, county, and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado have partnered with Mathematica to improve a broad array of human services programs.

Together, we have made considerable progress. We generated rigorous evidence on the impacts of behavioral “nudges” to improve parents’ engagement in employment services. We launched innovative community-based initiatives to transform the early childhood education workforce. We are scaling and learning how best to replicate science-informed leadership, supervision, and employment coaching strategies in nearly two dozen counties. And we are catalyzing local innovation efforts—such as “Routt to Work” in Routt County and “Mobile Coaching” in La Plata County—which have received national attention.
Project Impact

How a County Agency Engaged More Clients in Its Employment Assistance Program

Staff in Adams County, Colorado, used an evidence-based process of learning and experimentation to increase participation in mandated work activities. Listen to Mathematica's Jonathan McCay discuss the project’s impact.

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Related Staff

Jonathan McCay

Jonathan McCay

Senior Managing Consultant

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Marykate  Zukiewicz

Marykate Zukiewicz

Senior Researcher

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