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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. Video

    GED Bridge to Health and Business Program at LaGuardia Community College: A Promising New Approach to GED Instruction

    Students in LaGuardia Community College’s GED Bridge program are more than twice as likely to pass the GED exam and three times as likely to enroll in college as students in a more traditional GED preparation class. MDRC’s Vanessa Martin describes what makes the program special.

  2. Brief

    More Graduates

    Two-Year Results from an Evaluation of Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students

    This policy brief presents results from an evaluation of a program designed to increase the graduation rates of low-income community college students. The initiative requires full-time attendance and offers comprehensive supports and financial incentives for three full years. The program boosted two-year graduation rates substantially — by 66 percent.

  3. Report

    Financing Promising Evidence-Based Programs

    Early Lessons from the New York City Social Impact Bond

    A social impact bond (SIB) is an innovative way to fund promising new programs at no cost to taxpayers. This report describes the first operational SIB in the U.S., explaining how an intervention for youth incarcerated at Rikers Island was developed, how the unique financing mechanism was arranged, and how the program was adapted and implemented at full scale.

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