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MDRC is about developing and testing solutions
to the wide range of challenges that confront
low-income individuals, families, and children.



  1. Issue Focus

    Turning the “Pay for Success” Promise into Performance

    This brief essay by Gordon Berlin, first published by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, builds on MDRC’s experience as the intermediary in the nation’s first operational Social Impact Bond to describe three broad challenges facing the Pay for Success movement as it moves from promising concept to on-the-ground implementation.

  2. Report

    A Funder’s Guide to Using Evidence of Program Effectiveness in Scale-Up Decisions

    This guide, published with the Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network, provides practical advice on how to use evidence of effectiveness when considering opportunities to scale up interventions to improve employment, education, health, and other outcomes. It focuses on eight key questions that every funder should ask before deciding to invest in scale-up.

  3. Report

    Behavioral Economics and Social Policy

    Designing Innovative Solutions for Programs Supported by the Administration for Children and Families

    This report describes three sites in the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project, which applies tools from behavioral economics to improve the well-being of low-income individuals and families — the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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