Research Associate, Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment

Barden’s research focuses on employment and training, income support, criminal justice, disability, and hard-to-serve populations. Barden’s current projects include the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration and the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, two evaluations designed to rigorously test innovative subsidized employment strategies aimed at helping individuals in several low-income target populations make successful transitions from short-term subsidized employment to unsubsidized employment in the regular labor market. Past projects at MDRC include the TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project, which explored the intersection of welfare and disability programs. Prior to joining MDRC, Barden worked at The Lewin Group on projects including an evaluation of Colorado’s TANF program, an experimental study of enhanced English-as-a-second-language instruction for low-literacy adult learners, and a study of refugee-resettlement employment services.