Conferences & Events



Special Event: Mathematica Book Talk

Improving the Impact of Social Programs Through a Comprehensive Approach to Design and Evaluation

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DateThursday, January 25, 2024
Time3:30–5:00 p.m. ET, reception to follow
Location: Mathematica's Office, 1100 1st Street, NE, Washington DC and Online

In The Oxford Handbook on Program Design and Implementation Evaluation, Anu Rangarajan gathers insights from a team of experts about how to incorporate evaluation approaches at every stage of a program’s life cycle and how doing so can lead to greater impact.

On January 25, join Rangarajan, notable contributors to the handbook, and other renowned experts to learn how program design and evaluation methods have evolved to meet changing needs and discuss real-world examples of how these approaches have been used at each stage to maximize the chances of a program’s success. This event is co-sponsored by Mathematica and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management and will be a valuable complement to the handbook for social science researchers, faculty, and students, as well as practitioners, policy analysts, and funders of social programs and evaluations.

Participants include:

  • Emilie Bagby, director, international education, Mathematica
  • Douglas J. Besharov, professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Melissa Chiappetta, senior education advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Paul Decker, president and chief executive officer, Mathematica
  • Anu Rangarajan, editor of The Oxford Handbook on Program Design and Implementation Evaluation and former senior vice president and director of climate change at Mathematica
  • Michelle Sager, managing director for strategic issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Michael Woolcock, lead social scientist, Development Research Group, World Bank
  • Alix Zwane, chief executive officer, Global Innovation Fund