In Practice: Lessons for and from Practitioners

MDRC is known for its groundbreaking evaluations and demonstrations of social policies and programs. Key to our success are MDRC’s technical assistance teams who partner with programs to solve everyday problems and improve services. This web series highlights lessons from our work with programs. Posts will focus on recruiting participants and keeping them engaged, building successful relationships with partner agencies, and training, leading, and motivating staff members. 

Our technical assistance teams include former state and local government administrators, program managers, case workers, teachers, school administrators, and community organizers. They are relationship builders and creative trainers who help develop program models, train staff members, provide tailored technical assistance, convene stakeholders, and refine fundraising efforts. They strive to know programs inside and out and work collaboratively with staff members to address the challenges, concerns, and knowledge gaps that evidence can fill.

For more on our collaborative work with nonprofits, see this new video from MDRC.

04/2019 | Sharon Rowser

Program managers and funders alike are increasingly asking themselves or their grantees, “Are we where we should be at this point in time?” The answer to this question can often be found by using benchmarks, which provide achievable, short-term goals that can help gauge progress toward bigger, longer-term goals that are integral to service delivery.