Randall Blair

Randall Blair

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems
  • Mixed-methods (complementary qualitative and quantitative) analysis
  • Rigorous impact evaluation
  • Survey design and implementation
Topics
  • Early Childhood
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Health and Nutrition
About Randall

Randall Blair is a senior researcher at Mathematica with nearly 15 years of experience conducting rigorous impact and performance evaluations of investment climate, health, agriculture, education, and workforce development programs worldwide. Besides leading or co-leading over 20 studies and evaluations in various sectors, Blair has also led learning tasks for many philanthropic institutions, including the Mastercard Foundation, the Packard Foundation, and the Gates Foundation.

Currently, Blair serves as principal investigator for a largely qualitative performance evaluation of targeted investments in public-private partnerships in Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as a case study of an innovation fund in El Salvador designed to attract private investment in the country’s tradable sector. This research is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Blair also currently directs a mixed-methods impact study, funded by the Mastercard Foundation, of two secondary school improvement programs in Malawi.

Blair excels in creating user-friendly conceptual frameworks, distilling key findings and their implications from complex research, facilitating meaningful stakeholder discussions about learning products, and writing concise but cogent memos giving clients recommendations and options. Blair is based in Mathematica’s Chicago office.

Blair holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

Key Projects
Latest News
  • Special Issue Provides Comprehensive Look at QRIS Research

    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) have become a key tool for states to assess, improve, and promote quality in their early care and education programs. A new theme issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly, co-edited by Mathematica senior fellow Kimberly Boller and her colleagues, Steve...