Lessons for Practitioners

September, 2013

Too many low-income, college-ready students enroll in colleges for which they are academically overqualified or don’t go to college at all. This brief offers five strategies from MDRC’s College Match Program in Chicago for practitioners interested in helping high school students make the best college match possible.


Interim Findings from the PBS Demonstration

August, 2013
Reshma Patel, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Elijah de la Campa, Timothy Rudd

Interim results suggest that performance-based scholarships improve students’ academic performance and increase the number of credits they earn. In some sites, the scholarships also appear to reduce student debt. In the one location for which data are available so far, the program increased the proportion of students earning a degree.

Youth in the child welfare system tend to have been exposed to multiple traumatic events over time. Between one-half and three-fourths of these youth exhibit behavioral or social issues that are severe enough to warrant mental health treatment — a rate up to five times greater than mental health needs among their peers in the community who are not involved in the child...

MDRC will design and conduct a demonstration and rigorous evaluation of a web-based advising tool to improve the outcomes of students enrolled in career-technical programs in California community colleges. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education under a grant for the Regional Educational Laboratory ( REL West), the project started in late 2012 and is expected to be...

Every day, 7,000 students drop out of school. Among Latinos and African-Americans, the dropout rate is nearly 50 percent. Communities In Schools ( CIS ) works with low-income K-12 students in the nation’s poorest-performing schools. It seeks to reduce dropout rates through preventive support services like short-term counseling or annual health screenings for the entire...


Early Implementation of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) for Veterans Demonstration

April, 2013
Farhana Hossain, Peter Baird, Rachel Pardoe

This policy brief describes an innovative program designed to target the psychological and social behaviors that contribute to pain, disability, and inactivity among veterans with disabilities. The goal is to help these veterans resume daily activities and get on a path to work.

March, 2013

Too many students enter college underprepared, drop out, and never earn a credential that would give them access to stable, well-paid jobs. Part of our “Looking Forward” series, this policy memo describes some promising college readiness programs that can provide students with the skills they need to successfully complete college, but cautions that more evidence is needed.