Senior Associate

Israel specializes in bringing public and private partnerships together to launch new programming and implement rigorous evaluations. She has guided a range of social service organizations to understand their performance and improve upon it: programs that serve fathers, new mothers and their infants, young adults disconnected from school and work, adults with disabilities, and families involved with the court and welfare systems. As deputy project director of the federally funded Building Bridges and Bonds study, she oversees the implementation and examination of three new interactive service approaches for fathers. She has led MDRC’s partnership with service providers for multiple large-scale national evaluations, including two offering some of the most promising models serving pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants — the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) and MIHOPE-Strong Start — and one offering a promising model for young adults, the YouthBuild Evaluation. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.