This Excel tool is intended for colleges undertaking student success programs. It helps colleges set benchmarks: outcome measures that they can use over a defined time period to measure success relative to a prespecified target.
In Practice: Lessons for and from Practitioners is a new web series that highlights the work of MDRC’s technical assistance teams, which work with partners on the ground to solve everyday problems and improve services. Monthly posts will feature tips, tools, and stories from our collaboration with practitioners.
This visual tool is intended to help colleges undertaking student success programs create process maps. A process map is a visual representation that breaks down a process into every decision point, communication, and activity involved from the perspective of a user — in this case, a student.
Using Behavioral Strategies to Increase Initial Child Support Payments in Texas
This behavioral science-based intervention was designed to increase the percentage of employed parents who made child support payments during the first months after a new order was established, before employer income withholding went into effect. It did increase the percentage who made payments in the first month.
For those trained in quantitative methods, it may be difficult to assess the rigor of studies that don’t rely on countable data. In this post, the Implementation Research Incubator suggests making the distinction between deductive and inductive modes of inquiry and explains the criteria applicable to the latter.
This web feature is the last in a series from the Chicago Community Networks study and offers users the opportunity to interact with the study’s data set through a series of customized network maps that show interrelationships among organizations according to selected neighborhood characteristics and network statistics.
This evaluation examines a “growth mindset” intervention for ninth-graders as they make the transition to high school. It aims to boost students’ ability to meet challenges and persist in school by demonstrating that academic setbacks do not indicate poor intelligence ― with the goal of enhancing academic resilience and, ultimately, performance.
The Early Implementation of College Promise Programs
College Promise programs offer scholarships for up to 100 percent of tuition and fees. Many Promise programs are adding to their models by providing students with support services. MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative (CPSI) works with Promise programs interested in including such services; this brief provides some early implementation lessons.
A First Look at Effects on Postsecondary Persistence and Labor Market Outcomes
Four years after scheduled graduation, students from small high schools of choice, which have nonselective admissions and serve many disadvantaged students, were more likely to be enrolled in postsecondary education and to be participating in “productive activity” (being in college, being employed, or both) than their control group counterparts.
Interim Findings from the Detroit Promise Path Evaluation
The Detroit Promise allows the city’s high school graduates to attend local colleges tuition-free. To that scholarship the Detroit Promise Path adds campus coaches, monthly financial support, enhanced summer engagement, and messages informed by behavioral science. Interim findings about persistence in school, full-time enrollment, and credit accumulation are all positive.