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MDRC Overview

New York, NY (US)
201 to 500 employees
Non-profit Organisation
Social Services
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year

Mathematica, American Institutes for Research, Abt Associates

MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving early child development, public education, and college graduation rates. We design promising ... Read more

Mission: We strive to maintain our reputation as rigorous, mission-driven, respected, and high-quality, while we continue efforts to be more influential, versatile, creative, innovative, cost-conscious, and inclusive.

MDRC Reviews

  • "Great job. Intensity varies."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
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    I have been working at MDRC full-time


    Interesting projects, smart coworkers, managers are generally understanding, nice and flexible.


    Slow periods and very intense periods, no real way to predict. Can be easy for research assistants to get stuck doing more boring administrative work for indefinite periods, but it is possible to advocate for yourself and request other types of work.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep in mind that working from home for many people can be a big challenge. Even when going through busy periods of projects, keep that in mind. In the absence of an office, providing feedback is more important now, it can be easy for research assistants to not have a sense of how they are doing in an all remote context.

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MDRC Interviews



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    Research Assistant Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at MDRC in April 2020.


    The interview process took a very long time, although it was understandably delayed by COVID-19. I was interviewed by an HR person first, weeks later I was interviewed by two associates, weeks later I was interviewed by a research assistant, another associate, and was given a quiz/test scenario by an HR person. After months of interviews, I never heard back, which I thought was a bit unprofessional amidst the uncertainty of the current times.

    Interview Questions

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Company Updates

  • On October 15, Virginia Knox became the fifth president of MDRC in its 45-year history. A former MDRC vice president, Knox brings to her new role 25 years of leadership in developing, evaluating, and improving social programs.

    Virginia Knox Assumes Presidency of MDRC, Announces New Leadership Roles

    On October 15, Virginia Knox became the fifth president of MDRC in its 45-year history. Knox, a former MDRC vice president, has led the organization's Families and Children Policy Area since 2004. She brings 25 years of leadership in developing, evaluating, and improving social programs.

  • In the first year after random assignment, welfare recipients who participated in Minnesota’s subsidized employment program were more likely than control group members to have been employed; this modest effect continued after the subsidies ended. With MEF Associates and Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation - OPRE

    Implementation and Early Impacts of the Minnesota Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration

    Introduction Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) often face barriers such as limited education and work experience, health issues including substance abuse problems, and other obstacles that stand in the way of finding employment.

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