Design, Sites, and Data Sources
Projects of the E3 Lab use the MDRC Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) six-step approach to problem-solving. The CABS Approach is a systematic problem-solving framework that MDRC has used in collaboration with 100 government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in 26 states to uncover barriers, design creative solutions, and evaluate those solutions using rigorous research methods. At its core, the CABS Approach uses principles of human-centered design and evidence from behavioral science to solve problems following six steps: Define – Clarify – Diagnose – Design – Develop – Test.
MDRC’s primary partner in the E3 Lab is the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Student Enrollment. However, other offices within NYC DOE are brought into the work depending on project scope, and the Lab also aims to engage other city agencies and nonprofit stakeholders.