Mathematica ‘s evaluation of MCC’s irrigation infrastructure and market access intervention in Niger will incorporate remotely sensed data, in addition to information from farmer surveys, to improve yield estimates and assess changes in agricultural productivity.
- Conducting rigorous mixed-methods evaluations
- Managing complex data collections
- Leading international program evaluations in Francophone African and other developing country contexts
- International Research
- Food and Agriculture
- Education and Workforce Development
Matt Sloan directs Mathematica's Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation. He has significant experience working in developing countries, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and managing complex data collections.
Sloan currently leads evaluations of education investments in the Republic of Georgia, Kingdom of Morocco, and Cote d’Ivoire that aim to build or rehabilitate school infrastructure and train educators. He has also directed evaluations of programs in Burkina Faso and Niger that aimed to increase girls’ school outcomes. In addition, he oversaw the development of a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. This program provides holistic support to academically promising but economically disadvantaged students, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. He has experience with education infrastructure assessments, learning assessments including early grade reading (EGRA), and classroom observation.
Sloan also directs evaluations of activities to enhance the agricultural sector. For example, he is currently directing evaluations of a farmer training and irrigation project in Niger, small-scale fisheries projects in Morocco, land productivity programs in Morocco, and environmental and natural resource management activities in Malawi. He recently completed an evaluation of the Morocco Fruit Tree Project, which rehabilitated olive and date tree groves, trained farmers, upgraded irrigation infrastructure, provided support services, and set up a fund to catalyze private sector investment. Sloan also recently developed a MEL plan for sustainable agricultural practices for the Packard Foundation. 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 Compact activities there. He has experience using geospatial data to estimate agriculture outcomes, implementing crop cut surveys, and evaluating value chains.
Sloan regularly presents to professional associations, including the Comparative and International Education Society and the American Evaluation Association, and his work has been published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and World Development. He speaks French and holds a M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.
Niger: Evaluating the Irrigation and Market Access Project
International Conservation and Agriculture Strategy Evaluation Design and Learning
In 2016, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation established a strategy in the area of Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation (ALC). As the foundation’s ALC learning partner, Mathematica helped to develop and operationalize a monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan to shape the strategy.
Malawi: Evaluation of Environmental and Natural Resource Management Activities
Mathematica is evaluating the Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) project, a part of MCC’s compact in Malawi that seeks to reduce sedimentation and aquatic weed growth in the Shire River and improve land use practices along the river.
Morocco: Monitoring and Evaluation of Fruit Tree Productivity
Mathematica conducted an evaluation to provide a better understanding of the impact of agricultural investments in Morocco, as well as the sustainability of the fruit tree productivity project more specifically.
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: 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.
Burkina Faso: Impact Evaluation Design and Implementation for BRIGHT 1 and 2
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the “Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed,” or BRIGHT program, to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. Its primary focus was girls, and it was implemented in 132 villages.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Learning Partnership
Mathematica is designing and implementing a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a program designed to develop young leaders.
Niger: Education and Community Strengthening Impact Evaluation
The Niger Education and Community Strengthening program seeks to improve educational opportunities available to children while strengthening links between local communities and state structures. Mathematica is designing and conducting a rigorous evaluation of the initiative.
Rwanda: Democracy and Governance Threshold Program Evaluation
Mathematica conducted a rigorous evaluation of the key activities of the Rwanda Threshold Program, which focuses on strengthening the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police.
Madagascar: Reducing Poverty and Increasing Investment
This study for the Millennium Challenge Account Madagascar Compact included a careful review of available documents and data to determine what was planned for each intervention, how much was implemented, what barriers existed to implementation, and what possible outcomes could be identified.
Informing Sustainable Disability Policy: The National Beneficiary Survey
The National Beneficiary Survey (NBS), sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, collects data on the employment-related activities of working-age Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries....
About the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE)
Matt Sloan and Nancy Murray give an overview of CIPRE's international work to improve the well-being of people in developing countries.