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  1. Report

    Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration

    National Evaluation of Three Approaches to Improving Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Competence

    This demonstration tested the effectiveness of three program enhancements implemented at scale that were designed to improve preschool children's social-emotional competence. All three had positive impacts on teacher practice and on children’s social-emotional outcomes during the preschool year, although to varying degrees and not necessarily in the expected ways.

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    Impact on a Large Scale

    The Importance of Evidence

    In this essay, adapted from remarks made to the Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact, MDRC President Gordon Berlin explains why developing reliable evidence of effectiveness is critical when expanding programs to a large scale.

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    FAQs About HUD’s Rent Reform Demonstration

    In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commissioned MDRC and its partners to conduct a national evaluation of alternatives to improve the current decades-old rent structure in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. This document answers several frequently asked questions about the project.

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MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.

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