MDRC: Transforming the High School Experience
MDRC was created to learn what works in social policy—and to make sure that the evidence we produce informs the design and implementation of policies and programs. Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people. We helped pioneer the use of random assignment—the same highly reliable methodology that is used to test new medicines—in the evaluation of such policies and programs. In some cases, we work with others to design pathbreaking initiatives and then subject those initiatives to rigorous testing. In other cases, we conduct careful evaluations of programs designed and operated by government agencies or others.
How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates. Howard S. Bloom, Saskia Levy Thompson, and Rebecca Unterman with Corinne Herlihy and Collin F. Payne