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Issue Focus
February 2024

A Three-Pronged Approach to Fostering Strong Collaborations

This post describes how MDRC and Blue Engine, which works with school systems to ensure that all students thrive, collaborated to codesign and launch an implementation research study of Blue Engine’s school-based support model, learn from each other throughout the process, and share responsibility for their partnership’s success.

Brief
February 2024

An Approach to Achieving Equitable Labor-Market Outcomes and Upward Mobility

Research shows that sector-based training programs—which train people for high-quality jobs that meet the needs of employers in tar­geted industry sectors—can raise employment rates and earnings. This brief presents findings from interviews about the challenges training providers face, along with lessons from earlier studies.

Brief
February 2024

This brief describes efforts to transform federal employment data and Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) program data into an integrated resource for program management and evidence building by the TANF Data Innovation project.

Brief
February 2024

Opportunities and Challenges for an Emerging Labor Market

This brief examines the complex factors that have both facilitated and hampered efforts to train workers for the burgeoning green labor market. It is based on an MDRC qualitative case study of stakeholders involved in green policy, education, training, and employment sectors in the New York metropolitan region.

Brief
February 2024

Preliminary Findings from the Career Impact Bond Study

Many individuals face financial and other barriers to accessing training that could lead to higher-paying jobs. Income share agreements enable learners to receive occupational training without paying up-front tuition costs. Participants commit to repaying a portion of their income over time, up to a capped amount, contingent on a minimum income threshold.

Infographic
January 2024

Positive Outcomes from the ASAP Ohio Demonstration

Graduation rates at community colleges are low, especially for students from low-income backgrounds. In response, three Ohio community colleges implemented programs based on the City University of New York’s successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs. At six years, the Ohio programs have increased graduation rates and earnings.

Blog
January 2024

For almost 15 years, the Green Energy Pathway at Skyline High School in Oakland, California has been educating students with a project-based curriculum that explores science-based solutions to global warming. That longevity means the Green Energy Pathway may offer lessons on how to make environmentally focused education successful and sustainable.

January 2024

In 2023, MDRC posted more than 100 reports, briefs, practitioner guides, and other publications—offering evaluation results, profiles of innovative programs, and evidence-backed advice for policymakers and practitioners. Here are 10 of the most popular.

January 2024

To reach policymakers, practitioners, and other important decisionmakers, MDRC experts authored or coauthored commentaries on evidence-based solutions for a variety of venues last year, including Route Fifty, GovTech, The Hechinger Report, and Inside Higher Ed. Here’s a selection from across the organization.

Brief
December 2023

This brief presents background information on two supportive housing programs operated by Central City Concern, which aims to assist individuals with substance use disorder by providing integrated services designed to support sustained recovery. The programs are being evaluated by MDRC as part of the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies project.

Issue Focus
December 2023

The job of “tutor” is now the fastest-growing position in the K-12 sector. But as tutoring has grown rapidly, a tight labor market for tutors has districts scrambling to find enough of them. This post discusses four approaches states and districts are taking to find tutors on a large scale.

Commentary
December 2023

In this commentary originally published in The Hechinger Report, Alyssa Ratledge discusses the need for comprehensive student support programs in rural communities to help students stay in college and graduate.

Brief
December 2023

How Community Health Workers Support RICMS Clients with Reentry

Los Angeles County’s Reentry Intensive Case Management Services program connects clients with criminal legal system involvement to community health workers (CHWs) who help them navigate supportive services. This brief presents findings from interviews with CHWs and clients and provides insight into their relationship and the effects of the program.

Brief
December 2023

Lessons from the Child First Program

During the COVID-19 pandemic, home visiting programs like Child First adapted their service delivery approach, offering services virtually and in person. This brief explores the pandemic’s impact on the Child First model and finds that, overall, implementation of the model remains the same as it was before the pan­demic began.

Brief
December 2023

DCMP aims to help first-year college students meet their developmental math requirements. This study assesses the costs of the program on longer-term college progress and finds that DCMP saves students money and may be cost-effective when used as part of a larger strategy to improve student success.

Brief
December 2023

College students who need developmental math instruction face difficulties in completing such courses, which can prevent them from enrolling in college-level math courses and obtaining a credential. This robust developmental math reform model helped students complete their college-level math courses but did not lead to discernible effects on credential completion.

Brief
November 2023

Head Start supports the well-being of children and families with low incomes by identifying and coordinating comprehensive family support services to address education, employment, housing, and other needs. This brief introduces a theory of change that explains how those services are expected to result in improved outcomes for the whole family.

Issue Focus
November 2023

A Public-Private Workforce Training Initiative in Los Angeles

California has become an incubator for climate innovation—setting ambitious targets for reducing emissions and creating jobs in the clean economy. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and employers have come together to create the Los Angeles Regional Cleantech Career Academy. MDRC sat down with Academy leaders to learn more.

Issue Focus
November 2023

The Acelero Learning and MDRC Research-Practice Partnership

This issue focus examines a research-practice partnership aimed at understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Head Start students. It describes the partners’ shared objectives, how they collaborated to identify those objectives, and how their example may be useful to other organizations interested in undertaking similar efforts.

Brief
November 2023

Many college students who are assessed as needing remedial education never graduate. Evidence shows that multiple measures assessment and corequisite remediation can improve outcomes for these students. This brief explains both practices, discusses surveys showing they are increasing nationally, and introduces a study on how they can work together.