Keith
Olejniczak
Research Analyst, Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area

Since joining MDRC in December 2010, Olejniczak has assisted with study design, worked closely with program staff members to provide program and evaluation support, created tools for monitoring program and study implementation, and led and conducted field research. Currently, he is the operations and the implementation lead for the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy Pilot Evaluation, which seeks to improve outcomes for students in Job Corps, a long-standing program for disadvantaged young people. He is also providing training and program support as an operations and technical assistance site liaison for the MyGoals for Employment Success project, a new program using an innovative coaching model to help recipients of federal housing subsidies find work, build careers, and advance toward greater self-sufficiency. In addition, he recently served as the operations lead and conducted implementation field research and analysis for the Rent Reform Demonstration (for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training Evaluation. The Rent Reform Demonstration alters the rent rules in the Housing Choice Voucher Program to allow families to keep more of their earnings; the SNAP Employment and Training Evaluation assesses the extent to which various types of services help food stamp recipients improve their economic outcomes. Previously, Olejniczak has made significant contributions to the WorkAdvance program evaluation, the Workforce Investment Act 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.