Poster Paper: Introduction to Rapter®: The Random Assignment, Participant Tracking, Enrollment, and Reporting System

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Exhibits (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Mark Lafferty, Mathematica

Collecting and monitoring data are key components of programs that provide social services to their communities. In addition to using data to conduct evaluations, assess performance, and track quality improvement, programs must often collect participant data as a condition of receiving federal grant funding. To address this growing need, Mathematica Policy Research developed RAPTER®, a scalable, cloud-based data system, to enable federal agencies and their grantees to consistently and effectively collect, track, and report participation data to inform program efficacy. RAPTER® is a secure web-based platform with the following customizable modular components:
  • Program enrollment
  • Random assignment
  • Participant and service tracking
  • Survey administration
  • Reporting

This poster presentation will demonstrate RAPTER® instances that Mathematica is implementing on federal and foundation-sponsored evaluations using a range of capabilities and customizations. RAPTER® is NIST-compliant and FedRAMP-ready, and is compatible with Confirmit and other data collection systems.

The evaluations that use RAPTER® include a randomized controlled trial of a program to improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals through targeted coaching and support. This presentation will demonstrate the flexibility and strength of Mathematica’s RAPTER® system to support consistent and effective data collection, analysis, and reporting across programs and over time.