MDRC is dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Through research and the active communication of the findings, MDRC seeks to enhance the effectiveness of social policies and programs. Formerly the “Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation,” MDRC is a Founding Partner to Achieving the Dream. In this role, MDRC leads the evaluation of Achieving the Dream; which includes providing timely feedback to Lumina Foundation and Founding Partners on the progress of Achieving the Dream as well as an independent, objective, and valid assessment of Achieving the Dream's impact; and developing and implementing a comprehensive evaluation plan that assesses the efficacy of the overall initiative as well as the results achieved by specific programs or reforms at participating colleges.

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