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Issue Focus
November 2023

MDRC is piloting a Council of Lived Experience Advisors to offer guidance to its Criminal Justice Research Center on goals, strategies, and project work. The council will be made up of lived experts who have firsthand experience interacting with the criminal justice system.

Report
October 2023

This report presents the findings from check-ins with families and children that took part in the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation when those children were 2.5 and 3.5 years old. It provides a snapshot of families’ life circumstances and the effects of evidence-based home visiting at these time points.

Working Paper
October 2023

Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

This paper offers long-term findings from a study at seven State University of New York campuses. It suggests that using multiple measures assessment for placement into developmental classes, rather than standardized tests, improved access to and success in college-level courses.

Report
October 2023

Implementation, Impact, and Cost Findings from the New York City P-TECH 9-14 Schools Evaluation

The New York City P-TECH 9-14 schools involve a partnership among a high school, a community college, and employer partners that focuses on preparing students for college and careers within six years. This first rigorous evaluation of the model found it increases the percentage of students who earn college degrees.

Working Paper
October 2023

Evidence from a Randomized Trial

Developmental math requirements can be a barrier to obtaining a college degree. This paper explores the effects of a robust developmental math reform model on longer-term outcomes of academic success. It helped more students complete college-level math but did not lead to broader impacts on college persistence and degree attainment.

Methodological Publication
October 2023

Randomized controlled trials are an increasingly common research design for evaluating the effectiveness of community college interventions. This paper provides empirical benchmarks to help with the planning and interpretation of evaluations at these institutions.

Issue Focus
October 2023

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) joined an MDRC-led research project called MyGoals for Employment Success, an innovative employment coaching intervention informed by behavioral psychology. This blog post describes the experiences of HHA staff members and the MDRC team and how they used participatory research methods to inform decision-making. 

Issue Focus
October 2023

Short-term findings from implementation research that is part of a larger impact study can reveal insights that are valuable to both program operators and researchers. This blog post describes an example from a collaboration between MDRC and a high school reform organization.

Report
October 2023

The Scaling Up College Completion Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) program aims to improve college completion rates for traditionally underserved students at community and broad-access colleges. This report provides updated insight into the SUCCESS program after one year of participation and explores the implementation changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brief
October 2023

The benefits of using a trauma-informed (TI) approach in fatherhood programs have been well documented. The quality of fatherhood program research can also be improved by incorporating TI principles into the research design. This brief explores ways to apply a TI framework to research focused on fathers and fatherhood programs.

Brief
September 2023

Many of the men who participate in fatherhood programs may have experienced trauma from adverse childhood experiences, community violence, or incarceration. This brief provides practical information and easy-to-use tools designed to support trauma-informed practices in a fatherhood program context.

Report
September 2023

Findings from the Portland Site of the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies

This report explores whether the outcomes and effects of the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies (Portland) vary when estimated using different data sources. The findings identify the strengths and limitations of the data sources used and provide information on which data sources to prioritize when evaluating targeted employment-related interventions.

Brief
September 2023

Research shows that corequisite remediation—which enrolls students who have been designated as underprepared into college-level courses and provides simultaneous remedial support—leads to improved student outcomes. This brief describes the implementation of corequisite course models at four colleges in Minnesota and Texas.

Commentary
September 2023

In this commentary originally published in Community College Daily, Colin Hill describes a new MDRC tool that helps college administrators estimate both the costs and revenues gained when implementing programs that increase graduation rates and put students on track to labor market success.

Report
September 2023

The Reentry Intensive Case Management Services program in Los Angeles County connects people who have been involved with the criminal legal system to community health workers who help them navigate services. This report presents encouraging findings from process and outcomes studies of the program and provides recommendations for providers.

Issue Focus
September 2023

A Resource for Organizational Leaders Participating in Research Studies

Implementation researchers often conduct interviews or surveys with staff members at programs participating in studies. This new post from MDRC’s Implementation Research Incubator blog offers tips to share with the leaders of these programs for communicating with their own staff about these research activities.

Report
September 2023

Implementation of a Sectoral Training Program for People Impacted by the Criminal Legal System

Individuals with criminal legal system involvement have many disadvantages when seeking high-wage employment. The SECTOR program aims to connect such individuals with training opportunities in high-growth sectors. This evaluation finds that SECTOR offers a promising approach to help participants find jobs that offer livable wages, career advancement opportunities, and benefits.

Brief
September 2023

Supportive Services in the Los Angeles County Innovative Employment Solutions Program

Individuals on probation face many challenges in reentering the community. This brief describes the Los Angeles County Innovative Employment Solutions Program’s creative approach to providing workforce and supportive services to this underserved population. The program’s unique training and funding model allows staff to respond flexibly to their clients’ complex needs.

Report
September 2023

Results from the Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt Demonstration

The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project integrated procedural justice (the idea of fairness in processes) into enforcement at six child support agencies. This report compares the benefits and costs of PJAC services with those of business-as-usual child support enforcement.

Working Paper
September 2023

High school and college students need more and better training to find jobs in the quickly evolving technical workforce. Courses of study in career and technical education (CTE) aim to provide these skills. This working paper examines the challenges to providing CTE and highlights the need for further research.