People who run programs for low-income job seekers and those seeking to promote policies that can improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals need evidence about what works.
- Reproductive health and family planning
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Maternal and child health
- Social enterprises
- Quasi-experimental and experimental evaluations
- Systematic reviews
- Training and Reemployment
- Family Support
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
Dana Rotz's research spans the labor, education, international, and family support topics. She specializes in evaluations of both reproductive health and employment programs.
Rotz currently plays a key role in the analysis for a large-scale, multisite study exploring effective ways to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. She is also currently leading the design for an evaluation of an effort to reduce unintended pregnancy in Missouri. She serves as the technical lead on Mathematica's outcome verification for the Utkrisht Impact Bond, a development impact bond aiming to improve the quality of health care received by 600,000 pregnant women in Rajasthan, India. Key past work includes examining the impacts of job training, occupational counseling, and other career services for the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation and the development of the What Works Clearinghouse Standards Version 4.0 Recertification Training.
Before joining Mathematica in 2012, Rotz held positions at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Boston University. She has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is a reviewer for The Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others.
The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse: The What Works Clearinghouse of Proven and Promising Approaches to Move Welfare Recipients to Work
Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration commissioned Mathematica to conduct a national random assignment evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker programs' effectiveness.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
CLEAR’s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs.
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
Policy in Perspective: Divorce and Women’s Retirement
A new study reveals that women who have been divorced are more likely to be working at ages 50 to 74 than women who have never been divorced. Senior Researcher Dana Rotz discusses the findings in this episode of Mathematica’s “Policy in Perspective” podcast.
The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...