Early Progress in the Achieving the Dream Initiative

May, 2007
Thomas Brock, Davis Jenkins, Todd Ellwein, Jennifer Miller Gaubert, Susan Gooden, Kasey Martin, Casey MacGregor, Michael Pih

Achieving the Dream is a multiyear, national initiative, launched by Lumina Foundation for Education, to help community college students stay in school and succeed. The 83 participating colleges commit to collecting and analyzing data to improve student outcomes, particularly for low-income students and students of color. This baseline report describes the early progress that the first 27 colleges have made after just one year of implementation.


Early Implementation and Ethnographic Findings from the Project on Devolution and Urban Change

April, 1999
Janet Quint, Kathryn Edin, Maria L. Buck, Barbara Fink, Yolanda Padilla, Olis Simmons-Hewitt, Mary Valmont

Income Support Systems in Cuyahoga and Philadelphia, 2000 to 2005

March, 2007
David Seith, Sarah Rich, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes

This report, part of MDRC’s Project on Devolution and Urban Change, tells the story of Cleveland’s and Philadelphia’s welfare systems in the early 2000s, a time marked by an economic downturn, state budget cuts, and welfare time limits.


Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia

October, 2009
Dan Bloom, Sarah Rich, Cindy Redcross, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Jennifer Yahner, Nancy Pindus

Interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for long-term welfare recipients show that transitional jobs increase employment and earnings but that it is difficult to successfully engage participants in extensive pre-employment services.


Final Results from a Test of Transitional Jobs and Preemployment Services in Philadelphia

December, 2011
Erin Jacobs Valentine, Dan Bloom

An evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for long-term welfare recipients finds that: (1) transitional jobs substantially increased employment in the short term, but these effects faded after one year, and (2) it is difficult to engage welfare recipients in extensive preemployment services long enough to improve their employability.

April, 2004
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Stephen Freedman

In MDRC’s study of over 160,000 single-parent welfare recipients, families who repeatedly return to welfare assistance—“cyclers”—were less disadvantaged in the labor market than long-term welfare recipients. At the same time, they were less able than short-term recipients to attain stable employment and to work without welfare.