For nearly 50 years, MDRC has been a leader in pioneering the most rigorous research methods in program evaluation and in sharing what we have learned with the field. MDRC is at the forefront of both the theoretical refinement and practical use of cutting-edge designs to solve real-world research problems.

In addition to our methodological work, MDRC serves the field in other ways, including hosting doctoral summer fellows, who work on their dissertations while participating in the intellectual life of MDRC, and making data sets from our evaluations available to researchers at no charge for their own work.

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Investing in the Future

The Judith Gueron Fund for Methodological Innovation

The Judith Gueron Fund for Methodological Innovation in Social Policy Research was established in 2004 by MDRC and six founding partners, the Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller, Jerry Lee, Spencer, William T. Grant, and Grable Foundations, in honor of Gueron’s legacy of promoting high standards in social policy research. Gueron served as President of MDRC from 1986 to 2004.

The Fund helps advance MDRC’s work on new methodologies for developing evidence that informs policy and improves practice.

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