This project provides publicly available and timely data on youth unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic to help policymakers, foundations, and other key stakeholders who directly serve youth to target their resources and programs more effectively. Mathematica is developing monthly, semi-annual, and...
- Survey design, development, and administration
- Data collection and analysis
- Field training and management
- Skilled Nursing Facilities Quality Measures
- Value-based health care programs
- Public reporting
- Education and outreach materials
- Systematic reviews
- Project management
- Quality Improvement
- Human Services
- Youth Employment
- Mental Health and Substance Use
Megan Caruso is a survey analyst with expertise in survey development, qualitative and quantitative methods, and value-based health care program support. In this role she has designed, tested, and administered multi-mode survey instruments, led school-based data collection efforts and field interviewer trainings, conducted and analyzed in-depth interviews, developed and disseminated youth unemployment data trends, and supported all aspects of the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Since joining Mathematica in 2018, Caruso has worked on a range of projects in early childhood, education, disability, mental health, and health program support. Currently, she is the task lead for the SNF VBP Program education and outreach materials and supports the production and public reporting of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 for hospital-acquired conditions. She served as the deputy task lead for a U.S. Department of Education project evaluating the implementation of a teacher turnaround effort in low-performing public schools. Caruso also conducted a comprehensive literature review on evidence-based strategies for opioid prescription management, which was published in 2020 for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Caruso grew up seeing firsthand how mental health and the availability of public supports impact lives. This inspired her to pursue policy research across education, mental health, and health program improvement so that she could help improve public health and well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico, with a B.A. in psychology with honors and a B.A. in international relations with highest distinction.