MDRC Commentaries in 2023

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To reach policymakers, practitioners, and other important decisionmakers, MDRC experts authored or coauthored commentaries on evidence-based solutions for a variety of venues last year, including Route Fifty, GovTech, The Hechinger Report, and Inside Higher Ed. Here’s a selection from across the organization:

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With a Little Extra Help and Support, Rural Students Can Overcome Daunting Barriers to Higher Education

In this commentary originally published in The Hechinger Report, Alyssa Ratledge discusses the need for comprehensive student support programs in rural communities to help students stay in college and graduate.

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Three Ways States Can Strengthen Home Visiting

In this commentary originally published in Route Fifty, Mervett Hefyan and Meghan McCormick discuss three ways states can strengthen home visiting services to address the effects of the pandemic on young children and to boost parental health as well.

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Ohio Programs Based on CUNY’s ASAP Model Increase Graduation Rates and Student Earnings

In this blog post published by the National College Attainment Network, MDRC’s Colin Hill describes the findings from MDRC’s recent evaluation of the City University of New York’s ASAP student success program at three Ohio community colleges.

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Three Key Ingredients for Making the Most of State Data Work

In this commentary originally published in GovTech, Edith Yang explains how gathering and analyzing data are only two components of successful data projects. The right combination of people, perseverance, and project scoping are just as important.

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Faculty and Credit Transfer

In this commentary originally published in Inside Higher Ed, Sophia Sutcliffe, Dan Knox, and Marjorie Dorimé-Williams describe a new effort to understand the significant role faculty and staff play when students transfer between community colleges and four-year institutions.

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Early Screening and Intervention Can Help Young Children Get Much-Needed Post-Pandemic Support

In this commentary originally published in The Hechinger Report, Rebecca Davis and Shira Mattera describe how investing in universal early assessment is an important approach to help communities meet the specific needs of young children and their families.

Document Details

January 2024
2024. “MDRC Commentaries in 2023.” New York: MDRC.