MDRC is committed to learning what works best
to improve the lives of low-income individuals,
families, and children.
MDRC develops and studies programs to improve students’ prospects for success from the time they first begin school through adulthood. In doing so, MDRC collaborates with teachers, school leaders, district administrators, and others to improve student outcomes and the school environment.
Young adulthood involves a series of high-stakes transitions in education, work, and family arrangements. MDRC develops and evaluates programs to ease these transitions for young people and to assist those facing challenges and setbacks in finding a path to a stable adult life.
Many people who want and need to work face major barriers to doing so, from a physical or mental disability to the lack of a high school diploma or a history with the criminal justice system. MDRC designs and evaluates programs to help people who face such obstacles to overcome them and live more productive, fulfilling lives.
Since its founding, MDRC has focused on improving the lot of low-wage workers and the unemployed.