Clinton Key
Research Associate, MDRC Center for Applied Behavioral Science

Key joined MDRC in 2018. He leads the development and implementation of fast, low-cost, and rigorously tested interventions to improve the outcomes and experiences of lower-income people and communities for MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science. He partners with local, state, and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; and businesses to discover opportunities for organizational improvement and devise evidence-based solutions informed by behavioral science. Key has advised numerous public and private agencies on the measurement of financial well-being and the design of programs to promote financial literacy and financial capability. Previously he led research on household finances at the Pew Charitable Trusts. While managing research at the University of North Carolina’s Asset Building Program, Key combined rapid-cycle processes and insights from behavioral economics to field large, national, experimental research studies.  He holds an MA in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an AB in sociology from the University of Chicago.