Armando Yañez has collected and analyzed qualitative data for several evaluations of workforce development, criminal and juvenile justice, and youth employment programs. He is also experienced in conducting in-depth qualitative interviews, focus groups, and document reviews.
Since joining Mathematica in 2016, Yañez has worked on a range of projects in training and employment, criminal justice, early childhood, education, and family support. He currently serves as the implementation task lead for the evaluation of Oakland’s California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) grant program, which seeks to expand the knowledge base about approaches to connecting high-risk individuals to services that will help them avoid involvement with gun violence and the justice system. He also provides evaluation technical assistance to grantees conducting descriptive evaluations of healthy marriage and responsible relationship programs and facilitates systematic reviews for the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research, Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness, and What Works Clearinghouse.
In past work, he coordinated annual and semiannual site visits to Oakland Unite Grantee agencies providing violence prevention services to high-risk youth and young adults in Oakland, California; led the analysis of qualitative data; and contributed to the annual and strategy reports. He also helped develop a theoretical framework for young adult diversion programs.
Yañez holds an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College.