• MDRC Publications

      March, 2018
      Stephen Nuñez, Audrey Yu

      Social network analysis models the structure of relationships using “nodes” (such as organizations) and “edges” (or ties, such as contracts). This Reflections on Methodology post highlights what the method can analyze — strength and complexity of connections, an organization’s positional power — in the context of a community development study in Chicago.

      Learning from the Chicago Community Networks Study

      November, 2017
      David M. Greenberg, Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves, Mikael Karlström, Stephen Nuñez, M. Victoria Quiroz-Becerra, Sarah Schell, Edith Yang, Audrey Yu

      This report presents findings from the Chicago Community Networks study — one of the most extensive efforts to measure interorganizational partnerships in local neighborhoods. It uses social network analysis and extensive field research to ask how specific patterns of partnership promote better-implemented collaborations that, in turn, can inform public policy.

      Final Results from the Family Self-Sufficiency Study in New York City

      September, 2017
      Nandita Verma, Edith Yang, Stephen Nuñez, David Long

      FSS provides case management services and a long-term escrow-savings account to housing-assisted families; an enhanced version also offered short-term cash work incentives. Six-year results of the random assignment evaluation show few significant effects overall for either program. However, the enhanced program increased employment and earnings for participants not working at enrollment.

      Who Uses Them and Why?

      June, 2016
      Stephen Nuñez, Kelsey Schaberg, Richard Hendra, Lisa Servon, Mina Addo, Andrea Mapillero-Colomina

      Funded by MetLife Foundation, this paper uses a large and unusual data set, combining administrative data provided by subprime lenders with survey and in-depth interview data, to gain a better understanding of the backgrounds, experiences, and needs of people who use online subprime small-dollar credit.

      Interim Findings from the Work Rewards Demonstration in New York City

      June, 2015
      Stephen Nuñez, Nandita Verma, Edith Yang

      This report presents four-year findings from a test of three interventions: the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, FSS plus cash work incentives, and cash work incentives alone. FSS+incentives improved employment and earnings among participants who were not working at study entry, but none of the interventions had impacts for participants overall.

      March, 2014
      Stephen Nuñez

      This paper examines the quality of evidence regarding the effectiveness of efforts to promote access to mainstream credit, banking, and financial services for low-income people and offers recommendations for strengthening the evidence base of such programs.

      The Continuing Story of the Opportunity NYC−Family Rewards Demonstration

      September, 2013
      James A. Riccio, Nadine Dechausay, Cynthia Miller, Stephen Nuñez, Nandita Verma, Edith Yang

      Family Rewards, a three-year demonstration, provided cash payments to low-income families in New York City for achieving specific health, education, and employment goals. New results show that the program substantially reduced poverty and material hardship while it operated and had positive results in improving some education, health, and work-related outcomes.

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