Solutions
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.

Highlights
Report

The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration

This demonstration is testing seven enhanced transitional jobs programs that offer temporary, subsidized jobs and comprehensive support to people recently released from prison and unemployed parents behind in child support payments.

Testimony

Comments to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

In public comments submitted to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, MDRC President Gordon Berlin makes the case for putting rigorous evidence at the center of policymaking, improving access to administrative data, protecting confidentiality, bolstering the federal research agencies, addressing process and procurement issues, and maintaining the independence of third-party evaluators.

Brief

Results from a Partnership Between New Visions for Public Schools and MDRC

A custom-designed intervention aimed to improve New York City high school students’ attendance by using text messaging to send parents daily absence updates and weekly attendance summaries. The rapid-turnaround randomized evaluation found that the short-term intervention did not improve attendance rates during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year.