Mary Anne Anderson

Senior Researcher
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Implementation research
  • Employment and training programs
Focus Areas
  • Employment
  • Economic Development, Job Creation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Training and Re-employment
  • Family Support
  • TANF and Employment Issues
  • Human Services
About Mary Anne

Mary Anne Anderson conducts qualitative research, such as implementation and process evaluations, in several policy areas, including employment and training and family support.   

Anderson has contributed to program implementation data collection and analysis for several studies. Currently, she is the principal investigator for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s formative evaluation of its entrepreneurial offerings, which are intended to provide small business owners with training, tools, and networking opportunities to support their success. She has collected data from multiple organizations and coauthored several publications for a study about the psychological processes that influence the development and attainment of goal-oriented skills in adults and the strategies that can support goal-directed behaviors in workforce programs. Anderson also led a series of implementation site visits to organizations in the Working Families Success Network to gather information about how integrated service delivery structures and processes can help low-income individuals reach their employment and economic security goals. She recently completed work on an evaluation of a self-employment intervention to help unemployed and underemployed people start their own businesses, in which she oversaw technical assistance and monitoring as the project’s lead site liaison, and contributed to several publications that shared findings about project implementation. 

Prior to joining Mathematica in 2011, Anderson worked as an evaluation adviser for ICF International. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.  

Key Projects
  • female entrepreneur Hispanic
    Self-Employment Training Demonstration

    This demonstration is designed to test a new model for assisting unemployed and underemployed workers with limited opportunities in their traditional fields, who are interested in starting businesses in their fields of expertise.