In 2016, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation established a strategy in the area of Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation (ALC). As the foundation’s ALC learning partner, Mathematica helped to develop and operationalize a monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan to shape the strategy.
- Conducting rigorous program evaluations
- Managing complex data collections
- Managing international program evaluations in Francophone African and other developing country contexts
- International Research
- Food and Agriculture
- Education and Workforce Development
Matt Sloan has significant international experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collection.
Sloan currently leads several evaluations of programs designed to improve education outcomes. He is directing impact evaluations of programs in Burkina Faso and Niger aimed to increase girls’ school enrollment, attendance, and learning. T He is also overseeing the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and implementation of a multi-method impact evaluation of a program that supports education initiatives for economically disadvantaged students in sub-Saharan Africa and other areas in the developing world. . In the Republic of Georgia, he is directing a five-year evaluation of education investments aimed at rehabilitating school infrastructure, classroom assessments, and teacher training.
Sloan also focuses on the agriculture sector and directs an evaluation of activities to enhance that sector in Morocco. He oversaw the design of an ex-post evaluation of a farmer training and technical assistance program in Madagascar and implementation of a performance evaluation of activities there.
In the democracy and governance sector, Sloan recently completed a multi-method evaluation of the Rwanda Threshold Program, which focused on strengthening the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police.
Sloan, who joined Mathematica in 2004, presents to professional associations, including the American Evaluation Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He holds an M.S. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College.
International Conservation and Agriculture Strategy Evaluation Design and Learning
Malawi: Evaluation of Environmental and Natural Resource Management Activities
Mathematica is evaluating the Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) project, a part of MCC’s compact in Malawi that seeks to reduce sedimentation and aquatic weed growth in the Shire River and improve land use practices along the river.
Morocco: Monitoring and Evaluation of Fruit Tree Productivity
Mathematica conducted an evaluation to provide a better understanding of the impact of agricultural investments in Morocco, as well as the sustainability of the fruit tree productivity project more specifically.
Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)
Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.
Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project
The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities.
Informing Sustainable Disability Policy: The National Beneficiary Survey
The National Beneficiary Survey (NBS), sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, collects data on the employment-related activities of working-age Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries....
About the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE)
Matt Sloan and Nancy Murray give an overview of CIPRE's international work to improve the well-being of people in developing countries.