Issues
We Focus On

MDRC designs and studies solutions for issues across
the policy spectrum – in education from preschool to postsecondary,
in workforce development, and on issues related to individuals and families
who are disconnected from the worlds of work and education.

 

P-12 Education

In little more than a decade, MDRC has built a strong reputation as a respected, trustworthy source of information about what works to improve students prospects for academic success in elementary, middle, and high school and about what it takes to put effective interventions into place.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration

Higher Education

For low-income people, community colleges offer an important pathway out of poverty and into better jobs. But a host of factors, including inadequate financial aid or student services and poor developmental classes, can keep them from enrolling in and completing postsecondary education.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Paying It Forward

Disconnected Youth

Only 68 of every 100 ninth-graders in public schools will complete high school on time. Among those who do graduate, many leave high school without developing the skills they need to succeed in the workplace or in postsecondary education.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Boosting the Life Chances of Young Men of Color

Work and Income Security

Long regarded as the premier investigator of policies designed to improve the lives of low-income families on welfare, MDRC is bringing its research skills and reputation for methodological rigor to the new challenge of learning what works best to improve the economic and social health of low-income workers and communities.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Testimony on Subsidized Job Programs

Families with Children

MDRCʼs families and children studies aim to deepen public understanding of how the life chances of low-income children and youth are influenced by policies that affect their familiesʼ economic circumstances, family relationships, or the opportunities available for child and youth development.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Behavioral Economics and Social Policy

Health and Disability

Millions of Americans face serious obstacles to steady work. These individuals often become enmeshed in costly public assistance and enforcement systems, and, just as important, many find themselves living in poverty, outside the mainstream in a society that prizes work and self-sufficiency.

FOCUS Areas:

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Final Report on an Evaluation of Six Pilot Coordinated Care Projects for High-Needs Medicaid Recipients

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