Mathematica is evaluating the National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students program and developing an electronic data system to support prospective monitoring and evaluation.
- Education practice and policy evaluations
- Study design and implementation
- Systematic reviews
- Analytic and technical support
- College and Career Readiness
- Human Services
Alina Martinez evaluates the impacts of education programs and practices, spanning youth to adult populations. Her areas of emphasis include college access and success, career training, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and policy.
Martinez currently directs an evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, a program that funds grants to improve the education and training of people underrepresented in STEM careers. She is a lead author for and senior contributor to a study examining the enhancement of college advising in the federal Upward Bound college access program. She is also a senior contributor for a study of college transition messaging in GEAR UP, examining customized text messaging as an approach in GEAR UP to advise students as they transition to college. She serves as the deputy project director on the Assessing Evidence of Effectiveness in Adult Education design study. She is leading the evaluation of NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students. Her previous projects include evaluations of NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program, NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, and NASA’s Explorer Schools and Summer of Innovation programs, among others.
Before joining Mathematica in 2018, Martinez held positions with Abt Associates Inc., Harvard University, the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has an Ed.D. in education policy from Harvard University.
The International Research Experiences for Students Program
Assessing Evidence of Effectiveness in Adult Education
This study for the U.S. Department of Education will identify and examine the effectiveness of specific adult education programs and services.
New Study: Enhanced College Advising in Upward Bound Doesn’t Solve ‘Undermatching’ for Disadvantaged Students But Some Gains Seen
Additions to the Department of Education’s Upward Bound college advising strategies expanded the enrollment choices made by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, but did not resolve the issue of “undermatching.”
Review of Research on Strategies in Adult Education Reveals Opportunities for the Field
Despite the important mission of adult education to provide adults with the competencies they need to succeed in the workforce and achieve economic self-sufficiency, policymakers and practitioners have limited evidence on effective strategies for improving adult learners’ outcomes.
New Study Raises Questions About Benefits of Text Messaging to Increase College Enrollment Among Students from Low-Income Backgrounds
Despite the promise of text-based messaging as a behavioral nudge strategy, a new study illustrates the limitations of this approach in helping low-income and first-generation students enroll and persist in college.
Choosing the Right College with "Find the Fit" in Upward Bound
Where students attend college can play an important role in their future educational and career success. Yet more than 40 percent of students nationally never enroll in college or choose a school that isn’t the best they could attend.