Richard
Hendra
Senior Associate

During his tenure at MDRC, Hendra has played central roles in the quantitative analysis of a range of welfare, asset-building, and workforce-development projects. He is currently the principal investigator as well as the lead design and impact researcher for WorkAdvance, a four-site, sector-based training initiative being evaluated with a random assignment design. He is also principal investigator on a study of microlending in the United States and leads the impact analysis for the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration, a multisite study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Finally, he is MDRC’s lead impact researcher on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Evaluation and the Subprime Lending Data Exploration project, a “big data” project that aims to shed light on the needs and experiences of users of payday loans and other forms of subprime credit.  

Previously, Hendra led the impact analysis and data collection on the 16-site U.S. Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project and was the lead impact analyst for a similar project in the United Kingdom (the UK Employment Retention and Advancement project) and, earlier, conducted analyses for several welfare-reform waiver projects. Hendra is involved in numerous corporate statistical and data-management initiatives at MDRC and serves as the methodological reviewer for many of MDRC’s projects. He has also worked in corporate analytics, using segmentation methods to increase marketing efficiency. Hendra has a PhD in public and urban policy and is an adjunct professor of graduate-level statistics and methods courses. He has served on several dissertation and expert committees.