Since joining MDRC in December 2010, Olejniczak has led and supported the design, planning, and execution of implementation field research and technical assistance efforts supporting program operations and evaluations. He has worked on a range of employment, education and training, housing, and asset-building projects. He is currently leading technical assistance, operations, and implementation field research tasks for the Job Corps Evidence Building Portfolio Evaluation project, the HUD Rent Reform demonstration, the Stepped and Tiered Rent Demonstration, and the MLT Turn Pro Study. He is also providing technical assistance as part of the SNAP to Skills SNAP E&T Technical Assistance and Best Practices project. He previously led the implementation field research for the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy Pilot Evaluation, provided technical assistance and conducted field research for the SNAP Employment and Training Evaluation, and provided technical assistance as an operations liaison for the MyGoals for Employment Success project. He also made significant technical assistance and field research contributions to the WorkAdvance program evaluation, the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation, and the SaveUSA evaluation. Olejniczak holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Montana.
Olejniczak, K., J. Grossman, A. Ibok, J.A. Klerman, and C. Saunders. 2021. Evaluation of the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy (CCCA) Pilot: Detailed Report of the Implementation Analysis. Report prepared by Abt Associates and MDRC. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Chief Evaluation Office.
Herr, J., J. Flores Pleasants, C. Saunders, K. Olejniczak, T. de Sousa, J.A. Klerman, and J. Grossman. 2021. Evaluation of the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy (CCCA) Pilot: Technical Appendix. Report prepared by Abt Associates and MDRC. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Chief Evaluation Office.
Klerman, J.A., J. Grossman, C. Saunders, K. Olejniczak, J. Herr, A. Ibok, and T. de Sousa. 2021. Evaluation of the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy (CCCA) Pilot: Final Report. Report prepared by Abt Associates and MDRC. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Chief Evaluation Office.
Grossman, J., K. Olejniczak, and J. A. Klerman. 2021. Working Together: A First Look at Lessons from the Cascades College and Career Academy and Other Job Corps Partnerships with Community and Technical Colleges. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Chief Evaluation Office.
Hamilton et al. 2021. Expanding Opportunities and Reducing Barriers to Work: Illinois Interim Report. Evaluation of Pilot Projects to Promote Work and Increase State Accountability in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Hamilton et al. 2021. Expanding Opportunities and Reducing Barriers to Work: Kansas Interim Report. Evaluation of Pilot Projects to Promote Work and Increase State Accountability in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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