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Project Team

MDRC is a research organization with the mission to create and widely disseminate rigorous, nonpartisan, credible evidence on the effectiveness of policies and programs aimed at improving the lives of families, children, and communities who are economically disadvantaged. In service of that goal, we design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale, as well as work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners.

Child Trends 

Project Team 

Child Trends is a research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and families, especially those who experience inequities. Child Trends partners with communities, program professionals, and policymakers to develop and implement knowledge to enhance programs and policies. Child Trends’ research is grounded in deep knowledge and experience in child and youth development, evidence building, and collaboration.

Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, United States Department of Health and Human Services


The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.