This project examined whether low-income students are taught by less effective teachers than high-income students, and if so, whether reducing this inequity would close the student achievement gap.
- Behavioral interventions for labor programs
- Evaluation design
- Program evaluation methods
- Mediation analysis
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Teacher and Principal Preparation and Support
- Training and Re-employment
- Human Services
Jonah Deutsch specializes in behavioral interventions, evaluation design, and quantitative methods to evaluate the impacts of labor and education programs. His expertise includes designing behavioral interventions, evaluating those interventions, and developing novel evaluation methods.
Deutsch currently contributes to three projects for the U.S. Department of Labor that involve designing, conducting, and evaluating behavioral interventions. One project seeks to improve participation in the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, another involves compliance assistance for employers with the Wage and Hour Division, and the third includes three separate behavioral trials across different agencies. In a separate, recent project, Deutsch designed and analyzed a nationwide, multiphase, rapid-cycle experiment of a behavioral intervention that he helped develop with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Deutsch develops new quantitative techniques to better understand how program effects operate, and builds software tools to implement them, with funding from private foundations and the National Science Foundation. He is deploying these methods in an analysis of the Job Corps program. He also leads the design and analysis of a quasi-experimental evaluation of a new graduate school of education in New York City. Deutsch has experience designing and estimating teacher value-added models for several studies.
Before joining Mathematica, Deutsch earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Access to Effective Teaching for Low-Income Students
Multi-Dimensional Educator Evaluation Framework and Educator Effectiveness Rating System
Mathematica is designing evaluation models for both teachers and school administrators, designing and producing value-added models, and providing technical and analytic assistance.
Behavioral Interventions for Labor-Related Programs
The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with Mathematica and ideas42 to apply behavioral science principles to selected programs. Studies suggest that relatively modest changes to program materials, forms, or procedures can generate substantial improvements in program outcomes and performance.
New Study Measures High Schools’ Impacts on Students’ Long-Term Outcomes
Mathematica’s study helps Louisiana measure its public high schools’ contribution to student outcomes such as high school graduation, college enrollment, and eventual earnings.