Questions We’re Asking

Questions We’re Asking

The first step in finding the best solutions is asking the right questions. Together with our partners and funders, we make sure we’re in a position to answer the questions that matter most to policymakers and practitioners.

Featured Question

Can career and technical education help individuals get better jobs?

Why are we asking?
The past decade has seen a resurgence of interest in career and technical education (CTE) as a way to engage students, help people build the skills necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced economy, and meet employer demand for workers. MDRC — which has a two-decade history of developing and evaluating CTE programs, including our landmark study of Career Academies — is partnering with over a dozen CTE programs to build evidence and inform CTE policy and practice. MDRC’s current projects encompass a range of employer-driven programs — including career pathways, work-based learning, apprenticeships, and sectoral training — and target everyone from high school and college students to at-risk young people and low-wage workers.

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