Mathematica’s Tools Generate Strong Evidence and Facilitate Real-Time Decision Making

Oct 17, 2017


Decision makers implementing program changes have to know which approaches are most successful. Mathematica provides a suite of tools to support data-driven decision making, including software; demos, dashboards, and visualizations; and analytic tools that help reveal interventions that work.

Our technical and analytic solutions—built on high quality data, supported by understanding of programs and policies, and customized for an organization’s goals and needs—include the following:

Software tools

  • Our modular case management and participant tracking system, RAPTER™, or Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment and Reporting, is a flexible, secure, and user-friendly solution to run programs and drive outcomes.
  • The Ed Tech RCE Coach includes features an online toolkit that contains everything needed to plan and execute a rapid-cycle evaluation of educational technology or other initiatives to help make better, more informed decisions and improve students’ outcomes.
  • The free RCT-YES™ software makes it easy for public program leaders and decision makers to use research evidence to evaluate their programs and conduct and report on impact studies.

Demos, dashboards, and visualizations

  • Our video demos break down new research methods that are rigorous and cost-effective ways to generate evidence.
  • Dashboards and visualizations simplify complex data and concepts to reveal actionable information in a simple visual format. Patterns, trends, and relationships that might go undetected in text are visible at a glance.

Analytic tools

  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks help grant makers evaluate and improve programs deployed by multiple grantees pursuing similar objectives through different means or contexts.
  • Learn, Innovate, and Improve, or LI2, is a technical assistance process built on collaboration between researchers and practitioners to achieve outcomes with fewer resources.
  • Behavioral science and human-centered design principles use an interdisciplinary approach to program development and improvement, focusing on how human behavior affects decision making. 

Read more about our suite of tools to support effective, data-driven decision making. 


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Mathematica’s Tools Generate Strong Evidence and Facilitate Real-Time Decision Making

Oct 17, 2017


Decision makers implementing program changes have to know which approaches are most successful. Mathematica provides a suite of tools to support data-driven decision making, including software; demos, dashboards, and visualizations; and analytic tools that help reveal interventions that work.

Our technical and analytic solutions—built on high quality data, supported by understanding of programs and policies, and customized for an organization’s goals and needs—include the following:

Software tools

  • Our modular case management and participant tracking system, RAPTER™, or Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment and Reporting, is a flexible, secure, and user-friendly solution to run programs and drive outcomes.
  • The Ed Tech RCE Coach includes features an online toolkit that contains everything needed to plan and execute a rapid-cycle evaluation of educational technology or other initiatives to help make better, more informed decisions and improve students’ outcomes.
  • The free RCT-YES™ software makes it easy for public program leaders and decision makers to use research evidence to evaluate their programs and conduct and report on impact studies.

Demos, dashboards, and visualizations

  • Our video demos break down new research methods that are rigorous and cost-effective ways to generate evidence.
  • Dashboards and visualizations simplify complex data and concepts to reveal actionable information in a simple visual format. Patterns, trends, and relationships that might go undetected in text are visible at a glance.

Analytic tools

  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks help grant makers evaluate and improve programs deployed by multiple grantees pursuing similar objectives through different means or contexts.
  • Learn, Innovate, and Improve, or LI2, is a technical assistance process built on collaboration between researchers and practitioners to achieve outcomes with fewer resources.
  • Behavioral science and human-centered design principles use an interdisciplinary approach to program development and improvement, focusing on how human behavior affects decision making. 

Read more about our suite of tools to support effective, data-driven decision making. 


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Mathematica’s Tools Generate Strong Evidence and Facilitate Real-Time Decision Making

Oct 17, 2017


Decision makers implementing program changes have to know which approaches are most successful. Mathematica provides a suite of tools to support data-driven decision making, including software; demos, dashboards, and visualizations; and analytic tools that help reveal interventions that work.

Our technical and analytic solutions—built on high quality data, supported by understanding of programs and policies, and customized for an organization’s goals and needs—include the following:

Software tools

  • Our modular case management and participant tracking system, RAPTER™, or Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment and Reporting, is a flexible, secure, and user-friendly solution to run programs and drive outcomes.
  • The Ed Tech RCE Coach includes features an online toolkit that contains everything needed to plan and execute a rapid-cycle evaluation of educational technology or other initiatives to help make better, more informed decisions and improve students’ outcomes.
  • The free RCT-YES™ software makes it easy for public program leaders and decision makers to use research evidence to evaluate their programs and conduct and report on impact studies.

Demos, dashboards, and visualizations

  • Our video demos break down new research methods that are rigorous and cost-effective ways to generate evidence.
  • Dashboards and visualizations simplify complex data and concepts to reveal actionable information in a simple visual format. Patterns, trends, and relationships that might go undetected in text are visible at a glance.

Analytic tools

  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks help grant makers evaluate and improve programs deployed by multiple grantees pursuing similar objectives through different means or contexts.
  • Learn, Innovate, and Improve, or LI2, is a technical assistance process built on collaboration between researchers and practitioners to achieve outcomes with fewer resources.
  • Behavioral science and human-centered design principles use an interdisciplinary approach to program development and improvement, focusing on how human behavior affects decision making. 

Read more about our suite of tools to support effective, data-driven decision making. 


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Mathematica’s Tools Generate Strong Evidence and Facilitate Real-Time Decision Making

Oct 17, 2017


Decision makers implementing program changes have to know which approaches are most successful. Mathematica provides a suite of tools to support data-driven decision making, including software; demos, dashboards, and visualizations; and analytic tools that help reveal interventions that work.

Our technical and analytic solutions—built on high quality data, supported by understanding of programs and policies, and customized for an organization’s goals and needs—include the following:

Software tools

  • Our modular case management and participant tracking system, RAPTER™, or Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment and Reporting, is a flexible, secure, and user-friendly solution to run programs and drive outcomes.
  • The Ed Tech RCE Coach includes features an online toolkit that contains everything needed to plan and execute a rapid-cycle evaluation of educational technology or other initiatives to help make better, more informed decisions and improve students’ outcomes.
  • The free RCT-YES™ software makes it easy for public program leaders and decision makers to use research evidence to evaluate their programs and conduct and report on impact studies.

Demos, dashboards, and visualizations

  • Our video demos break down new research methods that are rigorous and cost-effective ways to generate evidence.
  • Dashboards and visualizations simplify complex data and concepts to reveal actionable information in a simple visual format. Patterns, trends, and relationships that might go undetected in text are visible at a glance.

Analytic tools

  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks help grant makers evaluate and improve programs deployed by multiple grantees pursuing similar objectives through different means or contexts.
  • Learn, Innovate, and Improve, or LI2, is a technical assistance process built on collaboration between researchers and practitioners to achieve outcomes with fewer resources.
  • Behavioral science and human-centered design principles use an interdisciplinary approach to program development and improvement, focusing on how human behavior affects decision making. 

Read more about our suite of tools to support effective, data-driven decision making. 


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Predictors of Long-Term Recovery in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: Data from a 22-Year Longitudinal Study

Publisher: Journal of Psychiatric Research (online ahead of print)

Oct 16, 2017

Authors


Debra L. Franko, Nassim Tabri, Aparna Keshaviah, Helen B. Murray, David B. Herzog, Jennifer J. Thomas, Kathryn Coniglio, Pamela K. Keel, and Kamryn T. Eddy

Objective. The objective of this study was to investigate predictors of long-term recovery from eating disorders 22 years after entry into a longitudinal study.

Method. One hundred and seventy-six of the 228 surviving participants (77.2%) were re-interviewed 20-25 years after study entry using the Longitudinal Interval Follow-up Evaluation to assess ED recovery. The sample consisted of 100 women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa (AN) and 76 with bulimia nervosa (BN) at study entry.

Results. A comorbid diagnosis of major depression at the start of the study strongly predicted having a diagnosis of AN-Restricting type at the 22-year assessment. A higher body mass index (BMI) at study intake decreased the odds of being diagnosed with AN-Binge Purge type, relative to being recovered, 22 years later. The only predictor that increased the likelihood of having a diagnosis of BN at the 22-year assessment was the length of time during the study when the diagnostic criteria for BN were met.

Conclusions. Together, these results indicate that the presence and persistence of binge eating and purging behaviors were poor prognostic indicators and that comorbidity with depression is particularly pernicious in AN. Treatment providers might pay particular attention to these issues in an effort to positively influence recovery over the long-term.

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DR Congo: Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice


7 November 2017 – Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.



The experts, Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan of Sweden were abducted in the country on 12 March. Their remains were found outside the city of Kananga in the DRC’s Kasaï-Central province by UN peacekeepers two weeks later.



In a statement read out by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of November, the 15-member body also encouraged the Group of Experts, of which Mr. Sharp and Ms. Catalan were members, to consider, within its current mandate and in cooperation with relevant actors, including national authorities, issues related to illicit financial activity, including money laundering operations, supporting the activities of armed groups and criminal networks involved in destabilizing activities in the African nation.



“In that regard, the Security Council welcomes the decisions of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region [in October] on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region and encourages member States to further increase cooperation in fighting illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources, including gold or wildlife,” read the statement.



The Security Council further encouraged the Group of Experts to work with UN Member States and relevant international organizations, such as the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), so they can produce recommendations to streamline and enhance the control of unwrought gold transported in carry-on luggage.



Also in the statement, the Council warned against attacks on the UN Mission in the country (known by its French acronym, MONUSCO), UN entities, and their associated personnel, including the Group of Experts, and reiterated its readiness to designate individuals and groups responsible for attacks for sanctions.

DR Congo: Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice


7 November 2017 – Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.



The experts, Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan of Sweden were abducted in the country on 12 March. Their remains were found outside the city of Kananga in the DRC’s Kasaï-Central province by UN peacekeepers two weeks later.



In a statement read out by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of November, the 15-member body also encouraged the Group of Experts, of which Mr. Sharp and Ms. Catalan were members, to consider, within its current mandate and in cooperation with relevant actors, including national authorities, issues related to illicit financial activity, including money laundering operations, supporting the activities of armed groups and criminal networks involved in destabilizing activities in the African nation.



“In that regard, the Security Council welcomes the decisions of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region [in October] on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region and encourages member States to further increase cooperation in fighting illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources, including gold or wildlife,” read the statement.



The Security Council further encouraged the Group of Experts to work with UN Member States and relevant international organizations, such as the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), so they can produce recommendations to streamline and enhance the control of unwrought gold transported in carry-on luggage.



Also in the statement, the Council warned against attacks on the UN Mission in the country (known by its French acronym, MONUSCO), UN entities, and their associated personnel, including the Group of Experts, and reiterated its readiness to designate individuals and groups responsible for attacks for sanctions.

DR Congo: Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice


7 November 2017 – Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.



The experts, Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan of Sweden were abducted in the country on 12 March. Their remains were found outside the city of Kananga in the DRC’s Kasaï-Central province by UN peacekeepers two weeks later.



In a statement read out by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of November, the 15-member body also encouraged the Group of Experts, of which Mr. Sharp and Ms. Catalan were members, to consider, within its current mandate and in cooperation with relevant actors, including national authorities, issues related to illicit financial activity, including money laundering operations, supporting the activities of armed groups and criminal networks involved in destabilizing activities in the African nation.



“In that regard, the Security Council welcomes the decisions of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region [in October] on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region and encourages member States to further increase cooperation in fighting illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources, including gold or wildlife,” read the statement.



The Security Council further encouraged the Group of Experts to work with UN Member States and relevant international organizations, such as the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), so they can produce recommendations to streamline and enhance the control of unwrought gold transported in carry-on luggage.



Also in the statement, the Council warned against attacks on the UN Mission in the country (known by its French acronym, MONUSCO), UN entities, and their associated personnel, including the Group of Experts, and reiterated its readiness to designate individuals and groups responsible for attacks for sanctions.

The Knot Launches First-of-its-Kind Wedding Planning Experience

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Knot, the patented wedding service, launches an essential wedding planning experience that will transform the way couples plan their weddings. Combining the expertise and data from more than two decades and an estimated 25 million weddings planned, The Knot now offers a dynamic, highly personalized, interconnected experience unlike anything else on the market. Couples can rely on The Knot to help them define and articulate their wedding style, recommend just the right local professionals, and manage all their guest experiences and wedding registries in one place. Best of all, The Knot’s smart technology works seamlessly behind-the-scenes to create a personalized wedding day timeline that serves as a minute-by-minute schedule for the couple, guests and vendors.

“We’re proud to offer every engaged couple in America an indispensable wedding planning experience that brings our best-in-class tools and smart technology together into one solution—the ultimate wedding planner,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group, which owns The Knot.

The Knot’s new wedding planning experience, within its #1-rated app and on TheKnot.com, continues to support its two-sided marketplace that seamlessly connects and matches couples with over 300,000 local wedding professionals. Smart vendor recommendations are provided to couples throughout their planning journey, helping professionals, like wedding venues, planners and photographers, qualify leads more quickly and build even deeper relationships with couples.  

The Knot All-in-One Planner includes:

  • Style Quiz & Wedding Vision. The Knot Style Quiz walks couples through a selection of inspirational wedding photos asking for their likes and dislikes. After analyzing the couple’s choices, The Knot defines their unique style, e.g. rustic with a bit of romantic and a touch of retro, and creates a personalized Wedding Vision with their defined style, color palette suggestions, inspiration and more.
  • Local Vendor Recommendations. Based on the couple’s personal style, The Knot provides vendor recommendations on the user’s Wedding Vision and throughout their wedding planning experience. Couples can instantly share their Wedding Vision with vendors so nothing gets lost in translation—a plus for both couples and vendors. Wedding professionals can now make connections faster and easier by knowing what the couple is looking for and how to tailor their conversation before even connecting.
  • Guest List & Registry Management. The Knot offers a full guest management system starting with the personalized wedding website. Couples can choose from hundreds of free wedding website designs from Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta by Paperless Post and more. The Knot also makes it easy to create a guest list, collect addresses and manage RSVPs for every wedding-related event all within the app. Ready to register? Couples can create and manage all their registries—whether retail, charity or cash—and easily share with guests.
  • Wedding Day Timeline. As couples share their wedding details, The Knot works harmoniously behind-the-scenes to create a completely customized wedding day timeline. From vendor arrival times (along with their contact information), to a minute-by-minute sequence and day-of happenings, the timeline serves as the must-have resource for the wedding weekend.
  • Smart Technology. The all-in-one planner is smart, personalized and connected. It will never ask a user the same question twice and seamlessly integrates the couple’s wedding details into all of its tools—from the vendor list and wedding website to the wedding day timeline. As couples confirm their wedding professionals, The Knot automatically checks them off their planning checklist and recommends the next important task to tackle.

To celebrate this launch, The Knot will bring one lucky couple’s vision to life in The Knot 2018 Dream Wedding. Beginning in January 2018, couples who take The Knot Style Quiz and submit their Wedding Vision to DreamWedding2018@TheKnot.com, will be entered for a chance to be selected as The Knot 2018 Dream Wedding couple and receive an all-expenses paid wedding.

About The Knot
The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired an estimated 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. It is routine for internal projections and expectations to change, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change. Although these expectations may change, we will not necessarily inform you if they do or update this release. Please refer to documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of the risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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SOURCE XO Group Inc.

Lauren Nolan, Public Relations Manager, XO Group Inc., (212) 515-3595, lnolan@xogrp.com; Melissa Bach, Public Relations Director, XO Group Inc., (212) 515-3594, mbach@xogrp.com

The Knot Launches First-of-its-Kind Wedding Planning Experience

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Knot, the patented wedding service, launches an essential wedding planning experience that will transform the way couples plan their weddings. Combining the expertise and data from more than two decades and an estimated 25 million weddings planned, The Knot now offers a dynamic, highly personalized, interconnected experience unlike anything else on the market. Couples can rely on The Knot to help them define and articulate their wedding style, recommend just the right local professionals, and manage all their guest experiences and wedding registries in one place. Best of all, The Knot’s smart technology works seamlessly behind-the-scenes to create a personalized wedding day timeline that serves as a minute-by-minute schedule for the couple, guests and vendors.

“We’re proud to offer every engaged couple in America an indispensable wedding planning experience that brings our best-in-class tools and smart technology together into one solution—the ultimate wedding planner,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group, which owns The Knot.

The Knot’s new wedding planning experience, within its #1-rated app and on TheKnot.com, continues to support its two-sided marketplace that seamlessly connects and matches couples with over 300,000 local wedding professionals. Smart vendor recommendations are provided to couples throughout their planning journey, helping professionals, like wedding venues, planners and photographers, qualify leads more quickly and build even deeper relationships with couples.  

The Knot All-in-One Planner includes:

  • Style Quiz & Wedding Vision. The Knot Style Quiz walks couples through a selection of inspirational wedding photos asking for their likes and dislikes. After analyzing the couple’s choices, The Knot defines their unique style, e.g. rustic with a bit of romantic and a touch of retro, and creates a personalized Wedding Vision with their defined style, color palette suggestions, inspiration and more.
  • Local Vendor Recommendations. Based on the couple’s personal style, The Knot provides vendor recommendations on the user’s Wedding Vision and throughout their wedding planning experience. Couples can instantly share their Wedding Vision with vendors so nothing gets lost in translation—a plus for both couples and vendors. Wedding professionals can now make connections faster and easier by knowing what the couple is looking for and how to tailor their conversation before even connecting.
  • Guest List & Registry Management. The Knot offers a full guest management system starting with the personalized wedding website. Couples can choose from hundreds of free wedding website designs from Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta by Paperless Post and more. The Knot also makes it easy to create a guest list, collect addresses and manage RSVPs for every wedding-related event all within the app. Ready to register? Couples can create and manage all their registries—whether retail, charity or cash—and easily share with guests.
  • Wedding Day Timeline. As couples share their wedding details, The Knot works harmoniously behind-the-scenes to create a completely customized wedding day timeline. From vendor arrival times (along with their contact information), to a minute-by-minute sequence and day-of happenings, the timeline serves as the must-have resource for the wedding weekend.
  • Smart Technology. The all-in-one planner is smart, personalized and connected. It will never ask a user the same question twice and seamlessly integrates the couple’s wedding details into all of its tools—from the vendor list and wedding website to the wedding day timeline. As couples confirm their wedding professionals, The Knot automatically checks them off their planning checklist and recommends the next important task to tackle.

To celebrate this launch, The Knot will bring one lucky couple’s vision to life in The Knot 2018 Dream Wedding. Beginning in January 2018, couples who take The Knot Style Quiz and submit their Wedding Vision to DreamWedding2018@TheKnot.com, will be entered for a chance to be selected as The Knot 2018 Dream Wedding couple and receive an all-expenses paid wedding.

About The Knot
The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired an estimated 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements. It is routine for internal projections and expectations to change, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change. Although these expectations may change, we will not necessarily inform you if they do or update this release. Please refer to documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of the risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-knot-launches-first-of-its-kind-wedding-planning-experience-300547615.html

SOURCE XO Group Inc.

Lauren Nolan, Public Relations Manager, XO Group Inc., (212) 515-3595, lnolan@xogrp.com; Melissa Bach, Public Relations Director, XO Group Inc., (212) 515-3594, mbach@xogrp.com