Founded in 1974, MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy and education research organization that is driven by its mission: MDRC is dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Through our research and the active communication of our findings, we seek to enhance the effectiveness of social policies and programs that affect the poor. With a diverse staff of more than 300, MDRC carries out its mission by mounting large-scale evaluations of government and community programs targeted to low-income people, developing and field-testing promising new approaches, providing technical assistance, and working to ensure that our evidence informs the design and implementation of policies and programs. We helped pioneer the use of random assignment - the same highly reliable methodology used to test new medicines - in social policy research. Working in partnership with others, MDRC is building an important body of evidence about what works - and doesn't wor
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