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Princeton, NJ
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
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$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.

Mathematica Policy Research Reviews

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Mathematica Policy Research President Paul Decker
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    "Mostly great. Better for senior staff"

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    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 3 years)


    Work-life balance. Work 40 flexible hours a week, no more. Work from home if you want to or need to. Laid-back atmosphere.


    Not a lot of staff development for junior staff. It's kind of understood that you will leave and get an advanced degree before coming back at the senior level.

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    Invest in training for the junior staff

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    Research Project Assistant Interview

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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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Company Updates

  • With support from the U.S. Department of Education, Mathematica programmers developed free software tools for DIY evaluation. Learn more:

    Tools for Evidence Podcast: A Closer Look at RCT-YES and the RCE Coach

    Alex Resch and Peter Schochet discuss and explain RCT-YES and the Rapid-Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach. These free tools can help educators in school districts and state agencies evaluate their own settings to build evidence on what interventions and programs improve student outcomes.

  • Announcing our partnership with a U.S. Department of Education lab that bridges research, policy, and practice.

    Mathematica Leads Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory

    The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has awarded Mathematica Policy Research a five-year contract to direct the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL). The lab-covering Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia-conducts, applies, and disseminates research in collaboration with regional stakeholders to promote continuous improvement of educational practice in the region.

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