Stephen Freedman
Senior Associate, Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities

Freedman manages the collection and assembly of data from surveys and administrative records and the programming of large multisource data sets to study the use of program services, employment behavior, household income, assets and debt, and other indicators of financial well-being for low- and moderate-income populations. Since joining MDRC in 1985, he has served as data manager for three of MDRC’s biggest research projects, as well as several smaller evaluations of welfare-to-work, postemployment, housing, and health care initiatives. In 2010, Freedman joined the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) study of five programs for low-income adults and young people and presently serves as supervising data manager and member of the senior management team for the study. Within SIF, Freedman also serves as project data manager for the replication study of Jobs-Plus (which provides employment-related services, financial counseling, and rent subsidies to residents of public housing) and as impact analyst for the SaveUSA study of matched savings accounts for low-income tax filers. Since 2011, Freedman has joined the senior management team for three evaluations of programs that provide employment services or financial incentives to recipients of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. Freedman serves as data manager for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Demonstration, the largest of the three studies, which involves 18 housing authorities in seven states. The author of the process, impact, and benefit-cost analyses for over 20 MDRC reports and papers, Freedman was project director Los Angeles’s Jobs-First GAIN evaluation, the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies Long-Term Follow-Up Study, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Task Order Study of Families Cycling On and Off Welfare. Freedman also serves on the management teams of several corporate initiatives that develop, implement, and disseminate policies, procedures, and tools to strengthen MDRC’s data-management and data-security practices and to ensure compliance with stringent federal requirements. Freedman received a master’s degree in public policy and a second master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Chicago.