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MDRC Overview

New York, NY (US)
201 to 500 employees
1974
Non-profit Organisation
Social Services
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Competitors

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: 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

MDRC Reviews

  • "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with super intelligent, thoughtful and committed individuals
    Interesting research projects and can be challenging at times (which is a good thing because you'll never be bored)
    Organization offers a mentoring program for junior staff and graduate school panels for staff
    Reputable organization, experience looks great on a resume
    Organization is moving to become more inclusive and be more diverse
    Beautiful and collaborative office space

    Cons

    Management looks different across the board and across different policy areas
    Lack of transparency in promotion processes and policies
    Surprisingly there are a lot of missed opportunities to learn across the different policy areas
    Work-life balance is not a priority here and senior staff do not do a great job at modeling this

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support and training to managers to help them develop others
    Invest in the development and growth of all staff, especially junior staff
    Be intentional about fostering connections within staff and check morale from time to time. Projects can be challenging.
    Gauge staff project interests, where possible

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MDRC Interviews

Experience

Experience
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Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    • Do you have experience with Field Work? What was your research experience? Why MDRC?   Answer Question
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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. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMR4d

    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 http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMlxi

    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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