What Is the College Promise Success Initiative?

MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative provides technical assistance to College Promise and Free College programs interested in implementing evidence-based student support practices. MDRC will disseminate best practices and usable tools to the over 200 College Promise and Free College programs across the country. MDRC will also provide hands-on, evidence-based technical assistance to a number of programs in 2018 and 2019.

Technical Assistance — MDRC Will Provide:

  • Diagnosis: Partner with the program to assess its current needs and students’ biggest barriers to success.
  • Design: Use research studies and insights from behavioral science to create potential solutions in collaboration with the program.
  • Development: Help program staff members implement the new components.
  • Continual Improvement: Use qualitative and quantitative research to assess student participation and early outcomes with the goal of continually improving the program.

See this two-page summary for a description of what is to come.