Lily Freedman
Research Analyst, Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment

At MDRC, Freedman’s research has focused on programs for disadvantaged young people, individuals involved with the criminal justice system, and other populations with barriers to employment. In her role as a technical research analyst, she is primarily responsible for data management, acquisition, processing, and analysis; she has also held roles in survey design, random assignment system setup, and visits to research sites to study program implementation. Freedman is a coauthor of the interim and impact reports on the evaluation of the PACE Center for Girls, a gender-responsive program offering academic and social services to middle and high school-age girls in Florida who are at risk of delinquency or other negative outcomes. Before coming to MDRC, she worked as a research assistant at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Binghamton University.

  • MDRC Publications


      A Partnership Between Child Support Agencies and Local Service Providers

      April, 2021

      The Families Forward Demonstration examined strategies to help parents with low and middle incomes make reliable child support payments by increasing employment and earnings. The model, which emphasized free occupational training activities, shows promise for helping parents qualify for jobs in their chosen fields and for improving child support compliance.


      Background and Directions for Future Research

      November, 2020
      Sam Elkin, Lily Freedman

      This paper describes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, a framework for providing employment services to those facing barriers to work. MDRC, in partnership with MEF Associates and Abt Associates, is studying IPS as part of the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) project.

      March, 2020

      The Breaking Barriers program, based in San Diego, provided employment services to lower-income individuals with disabilities. MDRC carried out a random assignment evaluation of the program. As part of the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-income Families project, MDRC is collecting additional administrative records to extend the original evaluation.


      Implementing Individual Placement and Support in a Workforce Setting

      September, 2019

      Breaking Barriers was a San Diego-based program that provided employment services to low-income individuals with a range of disabilities or other health conditions. Preliminary analyses based on a survey found that the program did not have an impact on the primary outcomes measured — employment, length of employment, and total earnings — during a 15-month follow-up period.


      An Implementation Study of the PACE Center for Girls

      April, 2017

      To serve at-risk girls, PACE provides academic and social services in a gender-responsive environment, focusing on safety, relationships, and girls’ individual strengths while accounting for the effects of trauma. The program offers low staff-to-student ratios, counseling and case management, and a life skills curriculum targeted to girls.

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