MDRC is committed to learning what works best
to improve the lives of low-income individuals,
families, and children.
Children and Schools
MDRC develops and studies programs to improve students’ prospects for success from the time they first begin school through adulthood. In doing so, MDRC collaborates with teachers, school leaders, district administrators, and others to improve student outcomes and the school environment.
Young adulthood involves a series of high-stakes transitions in education, work, and family arrangements. MDRC develops and evaluates programs to ease these transitions for young people and to support those facing challenges and setbacks in finding a path to a stable adult life.
Populations with Barriers to Employment
Many people who want and need to work face major barriers to doing so, from a physical or mental disabilities to limited educational attainment to prior experience or involvement with the criminal legal system or law enforcement. MDRC designs and evaluates programs that provide support to people who face such obstacles and aim to create greater stability in people’s lives.
Populations with Low Incomes
Since its founding, MDRC has focused on improving opportunities for economic mobility and people who are unemployed or underemployed.
Focused on improving the circumstances of families with low incomes, MDRC develops and studies program that serve parents and children in a range of family configurations.