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  1. Report

    Taking the First Step

    Using Behavioral Economics to Help Incarcerated Parents Apply for Child Support Order Modifications

    A low-cost behavioral intervention increased by 11 percentage points the proportion of incarcerated noncustodial parents in Texas who applied for modifications to reduce the amount of their child support orders. This test is part of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project, sponsored by the federal Administration for Children and Families.

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  2. Testimony

    Testimony on Subsidized Job Programs

    Presented Before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Human Resources Subcommittee

    On July 30, MDRC’s Dan Bloom testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources on what research says about the effectiveness of subsidized employment programs in promoting work, reducing poverty, and improving other important outcomes.

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    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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Grounded Research, Improved Lives

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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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