Barbara S. Goldman
Vice President, Director of Deployment and Accountability

As vice president for accountability and deployment, Goldman is a member of MDRC’s corporate management team, responsible for assessing staffing needs and leading MDRC’s Quality Assurance and Risk Management program covering all of MDRC’s projects. She provides direction to staff members in developing research designs, selecting sites and starting up projects, implementing data-collection strategies, analyzing data, and preparing reports. She also oversees several units of research experts that cover research technology, data management, and survey management. Goldman currently serves as senior adviser to several major national studies being conducted by MDRC, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) behavioral insight projects (Behavioral Insights to Advance Self-Sufficiency — Next Generation and Behavioral Insights for Child Support Services), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Data Innovation project (providing technical assistance to TANF agencies across the country to maximize their use of data to improve program performance), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s national study of TechHire/Strengthening Working Families Initiative grantees’ employment and training programs. She has also served as senior adviser to projects in MDRC’s early childhood area, including, most recently, HHS’s Variations in Implementation of Quality Interventions and, in the past, Head Start CARES (a national study of three early childhood curricula) and Making Pre-K Count (a randomized controlled trial in New York City testing a mathematics curriculum). Since joining the organization in 1977, she has served as project director for many of MDRC’s largest multisite random assignment studies (for example, HHS’s Employment Retention and Advancement and the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies) and more recently WorkAdvance (a randomized controlled trial of a career pathways model). She is an author of many articles and reports on MDRC’s research findings and participates in briefings for government officials and policymakers. Goldman earned a BA in economics from Connecticut College and a PhD in economics from The American University.