Matt Kararo

Director of Research Analytics

About Matt

MattKararo Matt Kararo, Ph.D., is the Director of Research for Causeway Solutions. He employs his expertise in customer research, both quantitative and qualitative, with a passion for understanding and representing the voice of the customer to drive the analytics and uncover the insights that our clients need to make better decisions.

Matt comes to Causeway Solutions from Guidehouse, a consulting firm, where he was the team lead for a group of 14 Qualtrics survey programmers. Matt was also the cross-cutting survey management lead for multiple multi-million-dollar energy efficiency program evaluation portfolios. Prior to Guidehouse, Matt helped establish a biology education research group and developed an ongoing research agenda focused on innovative classroom teaching as a postdoc at Florida International University. Prior to FIU, Matt worked to implement and evaluate an adult education workshop for high school agriculture teachers in Indiana. His graduate work (M.S. & Ph.D.) was completed at Purdue University and focused on motivation research, survey design, and statistical analyses. Matt completed his undergraduate studies in biological sciences at Northern Illinois University.

Born and raised in northern Illinois, he lives with his wife and daughter in Southwestern Wisconsin. Outside of work, Matt loves to play slow-pitch softball, garden, watch baseball and auto racing, complete DIY projects, build computers, and search for the perfect cup of coffee and the perfect glass of bourbon.

Causeway Cribs: Matt Kararo

Where is your Causeway Solutions home office located? How long have you been there?
On about 5 acres outside of Westby, Wisconsin in the beautiful driftless area (was not glaciated during the last ice age, the topography is very similar to Appalachia). We moved here from around Madison about a year ago. Before there, we lived in Miami, Florida, and before there, we lived in West Lafayette, Indiana.

What is unique about your home or location compared to the homes of the rest of the company?
I believe Therese also lives on a hobby farm, Tim has bees, and the political team is technically in the Midwest, but I believe I’m the only Causeway Solutions employee living on a hobby farm in the upper Midwest. I also think I have the best internet of anybody in the company (cooperative-owned fiber optic).

What is your favorite thing about your home or location?
The peaceful sights and sounds of living in rural America. The mooing heifers across the street, the clucking of our chickens, the owls and bats at night, the stars in the dark night sky, the ability to go outside at any time and just breathe without horns honking or sirens blaring. Having chickens to take care of is great and keeps me on a very set schedule, which means I’m on my laptop before most central time zone folks. Right now, we only have layers, but we want to get broilers eventually.

Location Analysis

We often joke about how Matt lives in the middle of nowhere compared to the rest of the company, but what does the middle of nowhere look like?

  • Examining the National Land Cover Database, we can see the types of land that is around Matt’s home, and we can see that indeed there are fewer buildings and neighborhoods around him, with the red lines of developed space mostly consisting of roads or dwellings near the roads.
  • Matt also lives nearer land designated as “Pasture/Hay” or “Cultivated Crops,” or land with areas of grasses for livestock grazing or land with areas used for annual crops. Matt’s home is the only location in the company near this type of land at such as large size.
  • Focusing on the type of livestock in the area, we can also see the livestock breakdown of the country, seeing that indeed chickens are the most popular livestock, and related USDA maps breakdown the number of eggs produced by layer chickens (like Matt’s) by state.