Matthew Morton

Research Fellow

Dr. Matthew Morton is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Morton has expertise in youth development, youth homelessness, evaluation of complex interventions, and evidence-based practice. He currently leads the youth homelessness agenda at Chapin Hall. Morton is Principal Investigator for Voices of Youth Count, a national research and policy initiative focused on building evidence to support action on ending youth homelessness, and the Youth Outcomes Project, an effort to improve outcomes and measurement across multiple domains in systems, services, and research related to youth homelessness. As a consultant to the World Bank, he is also involved in policy research and evaluation activities related to youth and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and India.

Morton has worked as an advisor in the U.S. Administration for Children and Families and was a key contributor to the development of the U.S. Government’s national strategy to end youth homelessness and efforts on addressing child trauma. He has also worked on youth, poverty, gender, and labor programs and policy as an Economist and Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank. Morton’s additional prior work experience includes teaching graduate-level courses at the University of Oxford, consulting for the European Commission and other organizations on policy evaluation, and serving as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate and as a Policy Fellow at the Eckerd Family Foundation.

Morton holds a PhD and Master of Science in Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluations from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stetson University.

PhD in Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford

Master of Science in Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Stetson University

Morton, M., Dworsky, A., Schlueter, D., Curry, S., & Matjasko, J. (2017). Paper presented at the APPAM 39th Annual Fall Research Conference, Chicago, IL.

Morton, M., Dworsky, A., Matjasko, J., Curry, S., Schlueter, D., & Chávez, R. (2017). Prevalence and correlates of youth homelessness in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(1), 14-21.

Chan, H., Rice, E., Vayanos, P., Tambe, M. & Morton, M. (2017). Evidence from the past: AI decision aids to improve housing systems for homeless youth. Working Paper. Menlo Park, CA: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Morton, M., Bhattacharya, S., & Kumar, P. (2017). A window of opportunity: A diagnostic of adolescent girls and young women’s socio-economic empowerment in Jharkhand. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Curry, S., Morton, M., Matjasko, J., Dworsky, A., Samuels, G. M., & Schlueter, D. (2017). Youth homelessness and vulnerability: How does couch surfing fit? American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(1-2), 17-24.

Redaelli, S., Weiser, C., & Morton, M. (2016). Afghanistan poverty status update: An analysis based on national risk and vulnerability assessment (NRVA) 2007-08 and 2011-12. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Roy, S., Morton, M., & Bhattacharya, S. (2016). Hidden human capital: Psychological empowerment and adolescent girls’ aspirations in India. Policy Research Working Paper no. WPS 7792. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Morton, M., Nagpal, S., Sadanandan, R., & Bauhoff, S. (2016). India’s largest hospital insurance program faces challenges in using claims data to measure quality. Health Affairs 35(10), 1792-1799.

Morton, M., & Nagpal, S. (2016). Policy note: Extending public health insurance for the poor to outpatient care: Lessons from the Puri, India experience. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Redaelli, S., & Morton, M. (2015). Afghanistan poverty status update: An analysis based on national risk and vulnerability assessment (NRVA) 2007-08 and 2011-12. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Fleming, P., McCleary-Sills, J., Morton, M., Levtov, R., Heilman, B., & Barker, G. (2015). Risk factors for men’s lifetime perpetration of physical violence against intimate partners: Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey in eight countries. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118639

Ellsberg, M., Arango, D. J., Morton, M., Gennari, F., Kiplesund, S., Contreras, M., & Watts, C. (2014). Preventing violence against women and girls: What does the evidence say? The Lancet, 6736(14), 61703-61707.

Arango, D. J., Morton, M., Gennari, F., Kiplesund, S. & Ellsberg, M. (2014). Interventions to prevent or reduce violence against women and girls: a systematic review of reviews. Women’s voice, agency, and participation research series; no. 10. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Kiplesund, S. & Morton, M. (2014). Gender-based violence prevention: Lessons from World Bank impact evaluations. enGender Impact: the World Bank’s Gender Impact Evaluation Database. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Klugman, J., Kolb, H., & Morton, M. (2014). Gender inequality in the world of work. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 38(2), 133-152.

Morton, M. & Klugman, J. (2014). Gender at work: A companion to the World Development Report on Jobs. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Fleming, P. J., Barker, G., McCleary-Sills, J. & Morton, M. (2013). Engaging men and boys in advancing women’s agency: Where we stand and new directions. Women’s voice, agency, and participation research series; no. 1. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Klugman, J., & Morton, M. (2013). Enabling equal opportunities for women in the world of work: the intersections of formal and informal constraints. World Bank Legal Review, 5, 505-522..

Bonell, C., Fletcher, A., Morton, M., Lorenc, T., & Moore, L. (2013). Methods don’t make assumptions, researchers do: A response to Marchal et al. Social Science & Medicine, 94, 81-82.

Morton, M., & Montgomery, P. (2013). Youth empowerment programs for improving adolescents’ self-efficacy and self-esteem a systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(1), 22-33.

Bonell, C., Fletcher, A., Morton, M., Lorenc, T., & Moore, L. (2012). “Realist RCTs”: A new approach to evaluating complex interventions would determine the validity of intervention theory rather than merely “what works”. Social Science & Medicine, 75(12), 2299-2306.

Morton, M., & Montgomery, P. (2012). Empowerment-based non-formal education for Arab youth: A pilot randomized trial. Children & Youth Services Review, 34(2), 417-425.

Morton, M. & Montgomery, P. (2011). Youth empowerment programs for improving self-efficacy and self-esteem of adolescents. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 2011.5. doi:10.4073/csr.2011.5.

Morton, M. (2009). Applicability of impact evaluation to cohesion policy. Brussels, Belgium: European Commission.

Blog posts

Morton, M. (2016). Can social protection play a role in reducing childhood violence? World Bank.

Klugman, J. & Morton, M. (2014). From participation to opportunity in women’s work: What data tell us. World Bank.

Klugman, J. & Morton, M. (2014). Close the economic gender gap. Devex.

Klugman, J. & Morton, M. (2013). Why gender equality at work must be top development priority. Thomson Reuters.

Klugman, J. & Morton, M. (2013). Why development must tackle gender-based violence. Thomson Reuters.

Klugman, J. & Morton, M. (2013). Why violence keeps women poor. UNDP.