Matthew Stagner

Matthew Stagner

Vice President; Director of Human Services
Areas of Expertise
  • At-risk youth
  • Child welfare
  • Preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy
  • Early Childhood
  • Child Welfare
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Family Support
  • Child Welfare
  • Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
  • TANF and Employment Issues
  • Youth Development
  • Human Services
About Matthew

Matthew Stagner directs Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, evaluation design, and the role of research in policymaking.

His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and as a senior lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Stagner also served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Among his many professional activities and honors, Stagner is a member of the Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group in the Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. He has also served as a reviewer for the Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

While at HHS, Stagner received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer Award” for his help in creating the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as well as the Commendable Service Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Key Projects
  • Superutilization of Child Welfare and Other Services

    Reducing the number of children in foster care requires actionable policy and practical solutions. By identifying subpopulations of children and youth who use intensive or frequent services, we might shed light on those who lack the right types of support at critical junctures, live in overly restrictive...

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