The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (“Colorado Lab”) partners with the Office of Colorado’s Governor and works with state agencies to improve the lives of Colorado’s residents.
- Juvenile and criminal justice
- School safety and discipline
- Neighborhood crime
- Quantitative data collection and analysis
- Evaluation design
- Criminal Justice
- Juvenile Justice
Johanna Lacoe conducts research on criminal and juvenile justice, education, and housing policy. At Mathematica, Lacoe holds leadership roles on evaluations of violence prevention, re-entry employment, and juvenile justice programs for federal departments, local agencies, and national foundations. Prior projects explore the effects of exposure to neighborhood crime, juvenile incarceration, student safety at school, and school discipline reform on student outcomes.
Lacoe leads the evaluation of Oakland Unite, a network of violence prevention services in Oakland, CA. She also plays key roles on projects for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including the Evaluation of Grants Serving Young Offenders, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Job ChalleNGe evaluation, the evaluation of the Reentry Employment Opportunities grant program, and the evaluation of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release program. She led a systematic review examining studies of programs serving youth with court records for DOL’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR). Lacoe also serves as the deputy project director of an evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Local Deep End Initiative, a juvenile justice system reform effort to reduce out-of-home placements for juvenile offenders in 12 communities.
Before joining Mathematica in 2014, Lacoe was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy. She also worked at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Social Policy Research Associates. Her work on neighborhood crime, policing, and school safety and discipline has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and Sociological Science. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration and an M.P.A. in public policy analysis from New York University, and an A.B. in political science from Brown University.
Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite
This study includes (1) annual evaluations of the 25 programs funded through Oakland Unite, (2) annual evaluations of program strategies (life coaching, education and economic self-sufficiency, and violent incident and crisis response), and (3) a four-year impact evaluation.
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012
This study gathered information on students with and without disabilities, including those needing special education services, those with a condition that qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and others with no identified disability.
Does Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release Help? The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program
This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
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.
New Evidence Supports Justice System Reform and First Step Act Initiatives
Our recent research, based on initiatives at the state and local level, provides insights that can help find out what can be done, how to make it happen, and where to go next to improve the lives of millions of Americans affected by the new legislation.
Supporting Positive Change: Latest Justice Research Focuses on Youth
As students head back to school, we spotlight some of Mathematica’s work related to justice programs serving youth, including those focused on reforming school discipline, reducing violence, and facilitating family well-being.