Matt Sloan directs Mathematica's Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation. He has significant experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collections.
Sloan currently leads evaluations of education investments in the Republic of Georgia, Kingdom of Morocco, and Cote d’Ivoire that aim to build or rehabilitate school infrastructure and train educators. He has also directed evaluations of programs in Burkina Faso and Niger that aimed to increase girls’ school outcomes. In addition, he oversaw the development of a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. This program provides holistic support to academically promising but economically disadvantaged students, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. He has experience with education infrastructure assessments, learning assessments including early grade reading (EGRA), and classroom observation.
Sloan also directs evaluations of activities to enhance the agricultural sector. For example, he is currently directing evaluations of a farmer training and irrigation project in Niger, small-scale fisheries projects in Morocco, land productivity programs in Morocco, and environmental and natural resource management activities in Malawi. He recently completed an evaluation of the Morocco Fruit Tree Project, which rehabilitated olive and date tree groves, trained farmers, upgraded irrigation infrastructure, provided support services, and set up a fund to catalyze private sector investment. Sloan also recently developed a MEL plan for sustainable agricultural practices for the Packard Foundation. He oversaw the design of an ex-post evaluation of a farmer training and technical assistance program in Madagascar and the implementation of a performance evaluation of Compact activities there. He has experience using geospatial data to estimate agriculture outcomes, implementing crop cut surveys, and evaluating value chains.
Sloan regularly presents to professional associations, including the Comparative and International Education Society and the American Evaluation Association, and his work has been published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and World Development. He speaks French and holds a M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.