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Blog
July 2024

A Conversation with Fulton County Schools’ Hannah Zey

Hannah Zey, who works at Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, shares advice for using vendors to recruit tutors for tutoring programs.

Issue Focus
July 2024

The Changing Landscape—and Growing Impact—of Career and Technical Education

Since the early 1990s, MDRC has partnered with pioneers in career and technical education to help them assess the effectiveness of their programs and to improve their services to students.

Blog
July 2024

How the MDRC Center for Data Insights Approaches Career and Technical Education Partnerships

The Center for Data Insights at MDRC partners with career and technical education organizations to augment their data analytics capacity, supporting the analysis that happens before, during, after, or separate from impact evaluations. These partnerships generally fall into one of three collaboration models: consultation, cocreation, and coaching.

Commentary
July 2024

In this commentary originally published in Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity, Clint Key describes three ways funders and policymakers can better support the scaling of sector-based workforce training programs.

Commentary
June 2024

In this commentary originally published in the Deseret News, Dina Israel writes that the demand for fatherhood programs is growing, but more needs to be learned about how and why these programs work.

Report
June 2024

Cross-Jurisdiction Patterns, Pathways, and Perspectives from the Pretrial Justice Collaborative

This report presents findings from a multimethod study of racial and ethnic disparities in the pretrial processes of seven jurisdictions across the country.

Brief
June 2024

Early Findings from the FastForward Study

This brief presents findings from a study of noncredit career and technical education programs that were implemented in Virginia community colleges.

Brief
June 2024

This brief shares findings about cross-functional teams, which try to bring change to higher education by assembling departments that often work separately.

Blog
June 2024

High-dosage tutoring (HDT)—or three tutoring sessions of 30 minutes or more a week—is an effective way to improve academic outcomes for K-12 students. Ellen Kim, program manager of Chicago Public Schools’ Tutor Corps, speaks about the successes and challenges of developing an HDT program.

Issue Focus
June 2024

How Innovations in Course Placement are Helping Community College Students Succeed

For a decade, MDRC and its collaborators have studied multiple measures assessments, an alternative to using tests to determine whether students can succeed in college-level courses.

Report
May 2024

Lessons from Addiction Recovery Care

This report explores Addiction Recovery Care, a Kentucky-based program that combines residential treatment and employment services for individuals with substance use disorders.

Issue Focus
May 2024

Workforce Programs Combine Virtual and In-Person Strategies

This snapshot highlights three lessons that demonstrate how 10 workforce programs created opportunities for improving services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report
May 2024

Monroe County, New York

This report describes two interventions informed by behavioral science to improve attendance at required activities among recipients of public assistance.

Report
May 2024

A Photovoice Study on the Pretrial Experience in New Jersey

In this photovoice study, three people who were involved with New Jersey’s pretrial system as defendants explore their experiences and make recommendations for how the system can be improved.

Blog
May 2024

This blog post describes eight processes and cultural shifts that the NYC Human Resources Administration and the Santa Cruz Human Services Department implemented to encourage innovation among staff members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and how each of the processes came to life.

Blog
May 2024

Expanding Access and Reducing Barriers for Job Seekers

As part of the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies project, researchers conducted virtual interviews with staff members at 10 workforce programs to learn how they used technology to adapt their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog post examines five adaptations they made.

Brief
May 2024

Learning from the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Summer Youth Employment Program Evaluation

Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) provide early work experiences to young people. This brief focuses on SYEPs’ efforts to recruit employer partners.

Brief
May 2024

Learning from the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Summer Youth Employment Program Evaluation

Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) provide early work experiences to young people. This brief focuses on SYEPs’ training in “soft” skills.

Toolkit
May 2024

TANF Data Collaborative Pilot Resources Toolkit

This toolkit provides individuals and organizations with guidance, drawn from learning and experience, on how to use administrative and other data to inform program improvements. 

Brief
April 2024

Identifying Core Components in Fatherhood Programs Through a Multimethod Analysis Approach

This brief describes a multimethod approach used to identify for rigorous testing those components of fatherhood programs associated with their success.