• MDRC Publications


      Findings from the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Impact Study

      November, 2019
      Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Susan Sepanik, Victoria Deitch, Julia Raufman, Dominique Dukes, Adnan Moussa

      This instructional reform diversifies math course content so that it better aligns with students’ career interests. After three semesters, the reform increased developmental math students’ rates of taking and passing college-level math and accumulating math credits. Few effects have yet emerged on overall credit accumulation, degree receipt, or transfer to a four-year college.

      August, 2019
      James A. Riccio, Nandita Verma, Victoria Deitch

      This report presents 27- to 30-month impacts of an alternative rent policy for housing voucher recipients in four locations. Voucher program tenure and monthly housing subsidies increased for recipients, and housing agencies’ administrative burdens decreased. Average earnings did not rise overall, but earnings increased in two locations and employment increased in one.


      Rent Reform Demonstration Baseline Report

      October, 2017
      James A. Riccio, Victoria Deitch, Nandita Verma

      Housing Choice Vouchers subsidize rent and utilities for homes that families rent from private landlords. The Rent Reform Demonstration is testing an alternative rent policy for voucher recipients. This report describes the new policy, the rationale behind each of its elements, and the way it is being evaluated.


      Findings from the Employment Retention and Advancement Project

      January, 2011
      Cynthia Miller, Victoria Deitch, Aaron Hill

      This 12-page practitioner brief examines the work, education, and training patterns of single parents in the national Employment Retention and Advancement Project, which evaluated strategies to promote employment stability among low-income workers. The findings support other research in underscoring the importance of changing jobs and of access to “good” jobs as strategies to help low-wage workers advance.

      November, 2010
      Cynthia Miller, Victoria Deitch, Aaron Hill

      This report from the national Employment Retention and Advancement Project examines the 27,000 single parents who participated in the studied programs to understand the characteristics of those who successfully advanced in the labor market.


      A Synthesis of Research

      February, 2009
      David H. Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, Gayle Hamilton

      Most welfare programs seek to ensure that poor families have adequate income while at the same time encouraging self-sufficiency. Based on studies of 28 programs involving more than 100,000 sample members, this synthesis compares the costs, benefits, and returns on investment of six welfare program strategies – from the perspectives of participants, government budgets, and society as a whole.

  • Other Publications

  • Projects