New York

Report

A Study of the Implementation and Impacts of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program

April, 2017
Erin Jacobs Valentine, Chloe Anderson Golub, Farhana Hossain, Rebecca Unterman

This report examines the impacts of the nation’s largest summer youth jobs program — New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) — on young people’s education, employment, and earnings. The analysis uses an experimental design based on SYEP’s randomized lottery application system. The report also describes SYEP’s implementation and participants’ experiences.

Testimony

Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Higher Education

April, 2017

In the City University of New York’s innovative program, CUNY’s least prepared students delay matriculation, beginning instead with noncredit, time-intensive instruction aimed at eliminating developmental needs after one semester, preparing participants for college courses, and improving academic outcomes. An independent evaluation will help determine CUNY Start’s effect on academic success.

Report

Implementation and Early Impacts of the Young Adult Internship Program

April, 2017
Melanie Skemer, Arielle Sherman, Sonya Williams, Danielle Cummings

This report presents implementation and early impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who are disconnected from school and work. YAIP boosted earnings for participants, which suggests that they obtained better jobs.

Issue Focus

Improving Outcomes for Clients While Helping Systems Further Their Missions

April, 2017

This issue focus describes how MDRC is helping administrators in criminal justice and child support enforcement test innovative reforms to improve the way their systems interact with low-income people, particularly men of color. 

Brief

An Alternative to Bail

April, 2017
Cindy Redcross, Melanie Skemer, Dannia Guzman, Insha Rahman, Jessi LaChance

Defendants awaiting trial and unable to post bail are often detained in local jails unnecessarily, disrupting their lives and adding to costs for taxpayers. To address this situation, New York City has launched a program that gives judges the option to release some defendants to community-based supervision. 

Supervised Release ( SR ) offers judges across the five boroughs of New York City an alternative to money bail by providing the option of pretrial release supervision. Eligible defendants include individuals facing certain misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges who are not at high risk for felony pretrial rearrest based on a locally developed and validated risk...

This study evaluates a new two-year intervention focused on student writing called Drive to Write. The intervention integrates technology coaching into a global history curriculum to create opportunities for focused student writing and revision and increased teacher feedback on writing.

While schools strive to integrate writing skills practice into multiple...

Brief

Preliminary Kindergarten Impacts of the Making Pre-K Count and High 5s Programs

February, 2017
Shira Kolnik Mattera, Pamela Morris

Can children’s math skills be strengthened in pre-K and kindergarten, and can such improvements have longer-term effects? This preliminary analysis examines the cumulative effects of two early math programs and demonstrates that this enhanced experience can have modest, positive impacts on children’s math and executive function skills in kindergarten.

Report

The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration

November, 2016
Cindy Redcross, Bret Barden, Dan Bloom, Joseph Broadus, Jennifer Thompson, Sonya Williams, Sam Elkin, Randall Juras, Janae Bonsu, Ada Tso, Barbara Fink, Whitney Engstrom, Johanna Walter, Gary Reynolds, Mary Farrell, Karen Gardiner, Arielle Sherman, Melanie Skemer, Yana Kusayeva, Sara Muller-Ravett

This demonstration is testing seven enhanced transitional jobs programs that offer temporary, subsidized jobs and comprehensive support to people recently released from prison and unemployed parents behind in child support payments.

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