Candace Miller

Candace Miller

Principal Researcher
Expertise
  • Strategic planning
  • Mixed-method evaluations
  • Performance and implementation analyses
  • Economic interventions
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning support
  • Capacity strengthening
Focus Areas
  • Population Health
  • International Research
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Social Protection
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Energy and Climate
About Candace

Candace Miller is a principal researcher at Mathematica with 26 years of experience in collaborating with partners to maximize equitable impacts in health, healthcare access, economic and workforce development, poverty reduction, and energy. Most recently, Candace led the Washington State COVID-19 Contact Tracing Partnership, where she built and led a diverse, community-based, and compassionate public health workforce designed to provide equitable public health information, guidance, and resource referrals to people with COVID and their close contacts. She also leads an analysis of American Rescue Plan spending from 201 cities, counties, states, and tribal nations to assess and track investments in equitable outcomes for disproportionately COVID-affected communities, public health, workforce development, housing assistance, and infrastructure.

Miller is a result-driven, global expert who has successfully led $50+ million in projects designed to strengthen $2+ billion in investments. She has provided analytic services and thought leadership in the U.S. and across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Miller has led mixed-methods evaluations and designed studies using primary data in more than 25 countries, including more than 100 surveys in 45 languages. She is recognized for strategic and analytic thinking, her understanding of ecosystems, and her ability to synthesize data and lessons on urgent and complex problems into action-oriented policy and programmatic recommendations. She is known for her intrapreneurial drive, championing corporate mission, promoting cross-department collaboration, and leading innovation. Miller is adept at coaching teams to take risks, meet challenges, and develop persistence and resolve in complex situations.

Miller has a proven track record working in strategic partnerships and coalitions. She has worked with national and state agencies, bilateral donors and foundations, community-based and global organizations, businesses, and academics—operating flexibly, purposively, and with humility. Her portfolio has always required constant learning, exceptional quantitative and analytical skills, systems thinking, applying cross-sector lessons, drawing on wide and varied networks, and recognizing and thinking strategically about complexities, challenges, opportunities, and solutions. She is eager to lead bold and transformative efforts, catalyze high performing teams, and help nurture the next generation of leaders.

Miller holds a doctorate in society, human development, and health from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Public Health for seven years and an adjunct professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS Care, Development Policy Review, Food Policy, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, JAIDS, Poverty and Public Policy, Social Science and Medicine, Tropical Medicine and International Health, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. Dr. Miller was the district AIDS coordinator when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. She currently serves on her local school board and is a licensed foster care provider in Massachusetts.

Key Projects
  • Children in Jordanian Classroom
    Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support

    Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of the Early Grade Reading and Math Project (RAMP) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the Jordan Ministry of Education.

  • Tanzania energy sector
    Tanzania Energy-Sector Impact Evaluation

    Mathematica conducted evaluations of two activities and a related initiative under the Tanzania energy-sector project. The activities included laying a new submarine cable to provide a more reliable source of electricity to Unguja Island, extending lines into new areas, and offering low-cost electricity...

  • Tanzania Early Childhood Project
    Tanzania Early Childhood Evaluation

    The “Fursa kwa Watoto” (Opportunities for Children) project in Tanzania is a four-year effort to improve learning and socio-emotional outcomes for children by enhancing existing pre-primary instruction and supporting innovative early childhood education strategies in line with current policy initiatives...