Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Agriculture Development Project, an irrigation infrastructure and technical assistance intervention carried out from 2009–2014 in Burkina Faso.
- Monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems
- Mixed-methods (complementary qualitative and quantitative) analysis
- Rigorous impact evaluation
- Survey design and implementation
- Education and Workforce Development
- Food and Agriculture
- Health and Nutrition
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.
Burkina Faso: Evaluation of the Agriculture Development Project
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES)
The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is designed to be a rich source of data describing the experiences of children and their families in Early Head Start.
El Salvador: Impact Evaluation of Education, Training, and Productive Development
Mathematica evaluated the human development activities of an initiative that seeks to address poverty and economic development in the Northern Zone of El Salvador.
Armenia: Impact Evaluation of Irrigation Infrastructure, Roads, and Farmer Training
Mathematica designed and implemented an evaluation of initiatives on rehabilitating irrigation infrastructure, improving rural roads, and training farmers in Armenia.
Strategies for Integrating and Coordinating Care for Behavioral Health Populations: Case Studies of Four States
Mathematica conducted an environmental scan and discussions with state officials and other stakeholders in Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont to describe each state’s approach to integrating and coordinating care for behavioral health populations.
Special Issue Provides Comprehensive Look at QRIS Research
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