Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
- Designing experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed-methods evaluations
- Quantitative data analysis
- International development
Anitha Sivasankaran has experience in designing and conducting experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations in developing countries. Her work focuses on a variety of topic areas related to international development, including health, education, access to finance, and gender disparities.
Sivasankaran is a key researcher on a mixed-methods evaluation of a community-based family planning program, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, that aims to reduce fertility rates in Western Kenya. She is also a researcher on a qualitative evaluation—funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—of the Malaria Elimination Initiative, which engages in research and advocacy at the global, regional, and country levels. As part of the analysis team for the Gates Foundation’s Ananya maternal, child, and reproductive health program in Bihar, India, she conducted experimental evaluations and cost analyses of two innovative health interventions that aimed to improve the performance of frontline health workers. She has also contributed to conducting rigorous evaluations of school dropout prevention pilot interventions in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor-Leste and is a certified reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse.
Before joining Mathematica in 2014, Sivasankaran designed and implemented an evaluation of the impact of employment for women in rural areas of India on marriage, fertility, and measures of female empowerment. She also examined the impact of a rural employment program in India on child outcomes. Sivasankaran holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Asia and Middle East: School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program
Working with Creative Associates and other partners, Mathematica is assisting with the design, implementation, and rigorous evaluation of evidence-based school dropout prevention pilot interventions in four Asian countries—India, Tajikistan, Cambodia, and Timor Leste.
The What Works Clearinghouse: Improving Practice, Research, and Policy
In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to collect, review, and report on studies of education interventions. The growing focus on evidence-based decision making increased demand for this type of information. Since...