Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.
- Evaluation design
- Program and evaluation technical assistance
- Causal inference
- Survey instrument design and survey data
- Impact analyses
- Human Services
- Family Support
Ankita Patnaik’s work focuses on employment and family support programs and policies, particularly those geared toward families with low income.
Since joining Mathematica in 2015, Patnaik has worked on a range of projects in areas such as labor, disability, and family support. Currently, she plays a key role as deputy evaluation lead in the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income Evaluation (PROMISE), planning and executing the interim impact, long-term impact, and benefit-cost analyses of six programs. These programs aim to improve educational and employment outcomes for young recipients of Supplemental Security Income and their families by providing support and improving service coordination between state and local agencies. Patnaik also plays key roles in the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Evaluation and the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation. In these roles, she works on evaluation design, develops survey instruments, and leads the planning and execution of impact analyses for sites. In addition to working on rigorous impact evaluations, Patnaik has served as the evaluation technical assistance liaison for various grantees participating in multi-site evaluations.
Patnaik has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics and has been cited in such press publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has presented her research at various forums and conferences, including a congressional briefing in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.