As learning partner to the PSIPSE donor collaborative, Mathematica developed theories of change and measurement frameworks to track progress, and gathered and disseminated evidence on secondary education investments to inform strategy and contribute to the knowledge base.
- Development and execution of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) frameworks
- Qualitative research focused on assessing implementation strength and scale-up potential
- Strategic learning for foundation initiatives
- Reproductive, maternal, and child health
- Health systems strengthening
- Secondary education
- International Research
- Health and Nutrition
- Education and Workforce Development
Swetha Sridharan has expertise in designing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities that facilitate data-driven decision-making by philanthropic organizations. She has led evaluations and MEL tasks in the reproductive health, maternal and child health, and secondary education areas.
Sridharan is conducting qualitative summative evaluations and rapid assessments of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She also leads strategic learning efforts that synthesize achievements and challenges across these programs and draw out key lessons and implications for the funder. For a large health systems strengthening initiative, she is conducting case studies to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of core grant activities. She has also helped develop and implement diverse MEL activities for a collaborative of several foundations that seeks to strengthen secondary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Sridharan played a key role in the evaluation of a maternal and child health program in India. She led an implementation study, designed a study on scale-up and systems change, and oversaw data collection and engaged in analysis and reporting for a large comparison group study and two rigorous evaluations.
Before joining Mathematica, Sridharan worked for the Council on Foreign Relations. She has a master’s degree in international development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has published in Migration Information Source and other outlets.
Advancing Learning Around Secondary Education in Africa and Asia
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
Rockefeller Foundation: Transforming Health Systems Initiative (THS)
Mathematica is monitoring and evaluating activities of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transforming Health Systems Initiative, which aims to strengthen health systems and expand health coverage in developing countries.
New Research Highlights Key Ways to Improve Teacher Quality in East Africa and India
A new study from Mathematica Policy Research examines the innovative approaches that the multi-donor Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) employed to improve teacher quality in East Africa and India.
New Reports Highlight What We Know—and Still Need to Find Out—to Improve Secondary Education in Developing Countries
Remarkable strides have been made in increasing the number of children receiving a primary education around the globe. However, many children are not able to transition to secondary school and receive the high quality and relevant education that positions them for success later in life.