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Mathematica Policy Research Overview

Princeton, NJ
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Mathematica is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being. Our 1,200+ experts conduct policy research, data collection, and data analytics that meet the highest standards of quality and objectivity, working with decision makers across the public ... Read more

Mission: Mathematica's mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations.

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Mathematica Policy Research – Why Work For Us?

About Mathematica

Mathematica Policy Research is a pioneering nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being. Our 1,200+ experts conduct policy research, data collection, and data analytics that meet the highest standards of quality and objectivity, working with decision makers across the public and private sectors.

We have been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs for nearly 50 years. Considered an architect of social policy research, Mathematica conducted the first social policy experiment in the United States, the New Jersey Negative Income Tax Experiment, to test ways of encouraging low-income individuals to work.

Today, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Decker, Mathematica’s capabilities and reach have grown to respond to new public policy challenges and information needs. Our staff includes national leaders in thorough and innovative program evaluation, objective policy research and interpretation, sophisticated survey design and data collection, and comprehensive performance measurement and data management.

Mathematica works across the country and around the globe, serving federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, universities, professional associations, and businesses. Our studies and analyses have yielded information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, international development, environment, and criminal justice.

Our experts are distinguished by a commitment to:

  • Objective, evidence-based standards. We have a reputation for rigor, excellence, and objectivity, which we have earned through a thorough, comprehensive system of in-house and independent peer reviews of all our products. This quality assurance process is unique to Mathematica and is the foundation for everything we do.
  • Superiordata. At Mathematica, we understand that good research begins with good data. We also understand the benefits of integrating quantitative and qualitative data and bring our rigorous methods to the collection and analysis of both. Our experts provide clients with reliable, accurate information and deliverables of the highest quality.
  • Collaboration. Our collaborative style enables us to integrate innovative research methods with cutting-edge data services. This creative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cutting approach keeps projects on track and aligned with clients’ needs and expectations, providing flexibility to address unforeseen challenges as they unfold.

Mathematica is headquartered in Princeton, NJ, and also has offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, Tucson, AZ, Washington, DC, and Woodlawn, MD.

Career Opportunities

We at Mathematica take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex research. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the "Excellence in Diversity Award," we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

Paul Decker, Mathematica president and CEO, talks about our unique, rigorous approach.

Snapshot of Our Staff
Mathematica's reputation for quality and objectivity is based in no small part on our high-caliber staff. Employees at all levels are selected for their superior experience, education, and training. Most senior staff hold doctoral degrees and are nationally recognized in their fields, which include economics, sociology, survey research, public policy analysis, demography, education, and computer technology.

Reaching Others
To have an impact, research results must be communicated to others. We have briefed government officials, business decision makers, and congressional committees on issues that range from preventing teen pregnancies to ensuring the integrity of our nation's retirement pension system. Because we actively disseminate our findings and encourage employees to publish their work in professional journals, our studies figure prominently in almost every major review of social policy literature.

Visit our career opportunities page to browse the latest positions in public policy, health, data analytics, education research, and more.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Mathematica Policy Research is a non-partisan firm dedicated to building an evidence base for the common good. And we’re equally dedicated to our employees. Because we are employee-owned, we’re in a unique position to help every member of our team grow professionally right along with our company. Social scientists, data scientists, economists, project managers, research programmers, researchers, and communications pros can all pursue fulfilling careers at Mathematica.

Learn more about our projects, our people, and our offices across the country: follow Mathematica on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Software Engineering, Statistical Programming & Advanced Analytics

At Mathematica, we rely on Software Engineers and Statistical Programmers to design, develop, and build solutions to guide decisions in a wide range of policy areas: health, labor, education, nutrition and family support to name just a few.  From associate- to director-level employees, their work is essential to our data-driven organization.  Technical talent thrives at Mathematica by working with large data sets and new technologies in a team-oriented and employee-owned work environment.

Deep Commitment to Improving Public Well-Being

Our mission is to improve public well-being through objective, rigorous research of the highest quality. To do so, we foster a collaborative environment that empowers staff to follow their passions, work on meaningful projects, and solve problems creatively. Our work helps to inform decision-making on critical issues around the globe. As an employee-owned company where everyone shares a profound sense of purpose, Mathematica is a place where you can have a career with real impact.

Diversity and Inclusion: A Core Value

With diversity and inclusion as one of core values, we maintain a welcoming, supportive culture drawing on the strengths of employees from varied ethnic backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, abilities, and experiences. Our research is more robust because it’s informed by diverse perspectives. Our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by greater understanding of issues facing the populations we serve. At Mathematica, everyone is valued and treated with respect and dignity.

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    A very flexible work environment, employee driven workload, and a valuable mission.


    An academic environment that can be slow to adapt and creates redundancies.

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    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Mathematica Policy Research (Princeton, NJ) in June 2017.


    It took a couple months since submitting the application, but eventually they called to set up a group interview.

    The group had about 15 applicants and three employees talking to us. They described the company and the position (research project assistant) before asking us for introductions.

    We then went through a sample survey where we read the prompts that would be read to the subjects. They then asked if there were any questions and gave us a training schedule to select availability (for training and general hours) in case we were called to be hired.

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