Mathematica is testing the effectiveness of three programs for pregnant and parenting youth designed to delay subsequent pregnancies, improve contraception use, and encourage and promote expectant and parenting females to remain in school and, ultimately, graduate.
- Survey development
- Large-scale data collection
- Early Childhood
- Human Services
Laura Kalb has more than 25 years of experience designing and directing large-scale data collection efforts using traditional and computer-assisted telephone interviewing, in-person, mail, and web methodologies. She has expertise in gathering dietary recall data, conducting assessments and observations, and managing logistically complicated and large multiyear data collections in the areas of education and child well-being.
Kalb, who joined Mathematica in 1999, has directed survey operations for many of Mathematica’s largest evaluations, including her latest role as the survey director for the 2017 Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey. For this project, she oversees the collection of data through multiple modes, including direct child assessments; classroom and home visit observations; interviews of parents, teachers, and program staff and directors; and weekly tracking of services offered and received. She also served as survey director for the first round of Baby FACES as well as for both waves of the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, the Social and Character Development National Evaluation, the Mellon Graduate Initiative, and the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Food Study.
Kalb directs a survey, for the Office of Adolescent Health that is testing the impacts of programs for expectant and parenting teens. She also leads survey design and data collection for an evaluation of special education services for 3- to 5-years-olds and assessing the feasibility of an impact study of preschool special education interventions.
Kalb holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music from Skidmore College and is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Evaluating Selected Programs for Expectant and Parenting Youth (PEPY)
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey: Baby FACES 2018
Mathematica has launched a new five-year descriptive study of Early Head Start, the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES 2018), to guide program technical assistance, management, and policy.
Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
In recent years, researchers have identified dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs with demonstrated evidence of success in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. The federal government has invested millions of dollars to disseminate knowledge about these programs and to implement and evaluate...
Feasibility & Design Study: Expanding the Use & Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Much of the current research evidence on teen pregnancy prevention dates to the late 1980s and early 1990s. To address gaps in research, Mathematica and its partners are launching a new set of evaluation activities that will address targeted research questions with practical relevance.
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES)
The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is designed to be a rich source of data describing the experiences of children and their families in Early Head Start.
Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study 2008
Mathematica collected data on infants’ and toddlers’ food choices and dietary supplement usage, nutrient impact of choices, food sources of nutrients, feeding practices, infant an toddler growth and developmental milestones, physical activity and screen time, and participation in WIC.