Matt Sloan

Matt Sloan

Director, Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation
Areas of Expertise
  • Conducting rigorous program evaluations 
  • Managing complex data collections
  • Managing international program evaluations in Francophone African and other developing country contexts
  • International
  • Agriculture
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Education
About Matt

Matt Sloan has significant international experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collection.

Sloan currently leads several evaluations of programs aimed to improve education outcomes. He is directing impact evaluations of programs in Burkina Faso and Niger aimed to increase girls’ school enrollment, attendance, and learning. The evaluation of the Burkinabé Response to Improve Girl’s Chances to Succeed (BRIGHT I and II) programs includes three waves of data collection with over 9,000 children in rural households and schools in that country. The evaluations of the IMAGINE (Improve the EducAtion of Girls in NigEr) and NECS (Niger Education and Community Strengthening) projects uses random assignment and EGRA to estimate impacts on a sample of over 15,000 children in that country. He is also overseeing the design of a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework and implementation of a multi-method impact evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. This program will provide holistic support, including scholarships, mentoring, transition support, and networking to academically promising but economically disadvantaged students in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world. Most recently, he is directing a five-year evaluation of education investments in the Republic of Georgia, aimed at rehabilitating school infrastructure, classroom assessments, and teacher training.

Sloan also focuses on the agriculture sector, and he currently directs an evaluation of activities to enhance that sector in Morocco. This project rehabilitated olive and date tree groves, trained farmers, upgraded irrigation infrastructure, provided support services, and set up a fund to catalyze private-sector investment. He oversaw the design of an ex-post evaluation of a farmer training and technical assistance program in Madagascar and the implementation of a performance evaluation of activities there.

In the democracy and governance sector, he recently completed a multi-method evaluation of the Rwanda Threshold Program. This evaluation focused on efforts to strengthen the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police.

Sloan presents to professional associations, including recent presentations to the American Evaluation Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. He speaks French and holds an M.S. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College.

Key Projects
  • Niger
    Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)

    Mathematica designed a rigorous evaluation of the girl’s education component in Niger. The component included public awareness campaigns, local action plans, tutoring and training, incentives for school-age girls and female teachers, and construction of classrooms and latrines.

  • Georgia school building
    Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project

    The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities

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  • Literacy in the Developing World

    As efforts such as International Literacy Day call attention to worldwide initiatives to enhance education, Mathematica Policy Research contributes to this critical issue by evaluating the impact of literacy and education programs in developing countries.

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