We’re Working On

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


Policymakers have increasingly encouraged greater use of administrative data to produce timely, rigorous, and lower-cost evaluations of health and social programs. This report details MIHOPE-Strong Start’s process of acquiring administrative vital records and Medicaid data from 20 states and more than 40 state agencies to measure health, health care use, and cost outcomes.


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.

Issue Focus

This two-page issue focus describes two projects — one completed and the other just started — testing a career-focused GED curriculum model that aims to improve high school credentialing and college entry rates. It offers a contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum, while supporting students in their transition to college or training.