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  1. Report

    Laying Tracks to Graduation

    The First Year of Implementing Diplomas Now

    Three national organizations formed Diplomas Now in an effort to transform urban secondary schools so fewer students drop out. This report introduces Diplomas Now and the associated evaluation, shares first-year implementation fidelity findings, and discusses collaboration among the Diplomas Now partners and between those partners and schools.

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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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    The Promise of Comprehensive Community Development

    Ten Years of Chicago’s New Communities Program

    A 10-year, $50-million initiative, the New Communities Program supported community organizations in 14 Chicago neighborhoods to convene local partners to carry out varied improvement activities, from safety to education and affordable housing. This report describes NCP's successes and challenges and the implications of its experience for federal and local community development programs.

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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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