Populations with Barriers to Employment

Many people who want and need to work face major barriers to doing so, from a physical or mental disability to the lack of a high school diploma or a history with the criminal justice system. MDRC designs and evaluates programs to help people who face such obstacles to overcome them and live more productive, fulfilling lives.

The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration

This demonstration is testing seven enhanced transitional jobs programs that offer temporary, subsidized jobs and comprehensive support to people recently released from prison and unemployed parents behind in child support payments.


Highlights from the Jobs Plus Pilot Program Evaluation

Jobs Plus promotes employment among public housing residents through employment services, rent rule changes that provide incentives to work, and community support for work. Within the first 18 months, all nine public housing agencies in this evaluation had begun structuring their programs, building partnerships, and implementing the model’s core components.


Implementation and Early Impacts of the Young Adult Internship Program

This report presents implementation and early impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who are disconnected from school and work. YAIP boosted earnings for participants, which suggests that they obtained better jobs.