In 1968, the organization that eventually became Mathematica Policy Research was established to implement the nation’s first major social research experiment, the New Jersey Negative Income Tax Experiment. This project, which tested work incentives for welfare recipients, was the first of many efforts to study new policies and ways of trying to answer questions about their effectiveness. As a pioneer in developing the research methodology needed to evaluate policy alternatives, Mathematica helped lay the cornerstone for an emerging field. We have been in the forefront of social policy evaluation and development ever since.
In early 1995, Mathematica formed a new research affiliate, the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), which provides objective analyses of how the country’s changing health care system affects individuals and families.
In 2007, the company launched the Center for Studying Disability Policy to inform disability policy formation with rigorous, objective research and data collected from the people disability policy aims to serve. In early 2008, we created the Center for Improving Research Evidence to identify, assess, and disseminate results from high quality, rigorous research. The center also provides evaluation technical assistance to support a growing national and international research base and aid decision makers who face a broad array of choices. In 2010, we established the Center on Health Care Effectiveness, a resource for policymakers, the public, and other stakeholders, offering broad-based expertise to provide objective evidence to inform today’s difficult health care decisions.
Today, the company has close to 900 employees working in six locations—Princeton, NJ, Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, and Washington, DC.