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Arnold Ventures’ Evidence-Based Policy team funds randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of programs across the spectrum of U.S. social policy. This page provides links to summaries of grants that have been funded by our Evidence-Based Policy team. Each summary includes a description of the program to be evaluated; the grant recipient, term, and funding; and a link to the study’s pre-specified analysis plan. We update this page as new grants are funded.

Please note: Each summary describes the study as planned at its inception. Any material changes made to an ongoing study are documented in the study’s analysis plan and posted to the Open Science Framework (linked to within each summary).

For the results of these studies, visit our Findings from RCT Grants page, which is regularly updated as new findings are reported.

Criminal Justice & Violence Prevention

RCT of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) for high utilizers of hospitals and jails in Dallas County

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A large RCT of Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program for youth at risk of criminal involvement

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RCT of Interventions – a cognitive behavioral treatment program for justice-involved individuals with mental illness

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Evaluation of Critical Time Intervention case management program for recently released jail detainees in Chicago

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RCT of Motivational Interviewing plus Critical Time Intervention for hospitalized gunshot wound victims, to prevent future risky behavior

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RCT of Fostering Healthy Futures for Teens – an intensive mentoring program for youth with histories of maltreatment

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RCT of providing Pell Grant eligibility to prison inmates to pursue postsecondary education

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RCT of Therapeutic Communities and Interactive Journaling in Florida state prisons

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RCT to evaluate Youth Advocate Programs (YAP): Providing intensive mentoring and “wraparound” supports for disengaged Chicago youth

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Evaluation of the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI) to Prevent Violence in Chicago, Illinois

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Expansion and replication of the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) sexual assault resistance program at five U.S. universities

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    Early Childhood

    RCT of Durham Connects, a postnatal nurse home visiting program in Durham County, North Carolina

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    Extending the analysis of the Nurse Family Partnership’s impacts on maternal and child mortality: long-term follow-up of three randomized controlled trials

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    Evaluation of Child First, a home visiting program for low-income families with at-risk young children

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    Comparing full-day and half-day preschool: Long-term follow-up of an RCT

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    Large-Scale Replication RCT of Nurse Family Partnership in South Carolina

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    RCT of Michigan’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

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    Long-term follow-up to an RCT of Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center (CHECC) educational interventions for disadvantaged preschool-aged children

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    Employment & Training

    Effects of Federal antidiscrimination and affirmative action enforcement audits on female and minority workforce composition

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    RCT of Year Up’s Professional Training Corps – a workforce training program for economically disadvantaged urban young adults

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    RCT of English for Advancement, a workforce advancement intervention for adult English language learners

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    RCT of Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Program for new unemployment insurance claimants

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    Expansion and replication of the Per Scholas Workforce Training Program, a workforce training program in information technology for low-income adults

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    RCT evaluation of the Per Scholas workforce training program in two expansion sites

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    RCT (planning phase) to evaluate the Per Scholas workforce training program expansion

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    Long-term follow-up of the randomized trial of Project QUEST’s workforce training program for low-income individuals in healthcare-related fields

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    11-year follow-up of the RCT of Project QUEST: A workforce development program for low-income adults

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    A randomized controlled trial of Transforming Impossible into Possible, a program designed to address cognitive and social barriers to employment for disadvantaged, unemployed adults

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    K-12 Education

    RCT of Annual Summer Book Fairs for high-poverty elementary schools

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    RCT of a program, implemented city-wide in Baltimore, that provides eyeglasses to disadvantaged students to improve learning outcomes

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    RCT of a vision care intervention in disadvantaged Chicago elementary schools, designed to improve eyeglass usage and learning outcomes

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    RCT of Bernie’s Book Bank, a free book-distribution intervention for high-poverty students, to be conducted in a large sample of Chicago-area elementary schools

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    RCT of ASSISTments, a web-based homework support tool for 7th grade aimed at increasing student math achievement

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    RCT of career and technical education programs in New York City high schools

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    Expansion of well-implemented Career Academies in California public high Schools

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    A randomized replication trial of Career Academies in California public high schools

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    Long-term follow-up of an RCT of Core Knowledge Charter Schools

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    RCT of the Educational Liaison dropout prevention program for middle and high school students in foster care

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    Evaluation of Fostering Opportunities Program, which provides youth in foster care with an advocate focused on helping them succeed in school

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    RCT of high-dosage math tutoring for disadvantaged ninth-graders in Chicago and New York City Public Schools

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    RCT of the web-based Healthy Minds intervention to prevent youth depression

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    Continuation of a promising RCT of high-dosage literacy tutoring for disadvantaged 1st graders in Chicago Public Schools

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    Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of KIPP charter middle schools

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    RCT of the Minnesota Math Corps, a widely implemented one-on-two tutoring program for 4th-8th grade students in Minnesota

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    RCT of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, a school-wide reform initiative designed to increase K-12 academic achievement and reduce behavioral problems

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    RCT of a comprehensive music education program for disadvantaged youth, measuring the impact on academic achievement

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    RCT to evaluate OneGoal: a three-year program to help low-income high school students prepare for and succeed in college

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    RCT of the Literacy First Tutoring Program for struggling readers in early elementary school

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    RCT of a Social Belonging mindset intervention for students entering middle school

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    RCT of Youth Guidance’s Working on Womanhood Program, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program for disadvantaged female high school students at risk of mental illness

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    Post-Secondary Education

    RCT of Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE), a comprehensive program providing academic, personal, and financial supports to predominantly low-income students in a four-year college

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    RCT of Capital IDEA’s program to help low-income adults complete postsecondary education and obtain well-paying jobs in the field of nursing

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    RCT of InsideTrack’s coaching and mentoring program for recent college dropouts

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    RCT of tnAchieves, an intensive coaching program for low-income community college students

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    Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of the Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) student-advising program at 11 universities

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    RCT of providing college students with federal loan eligibility information

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    RCT evaluation of Federal Work Study for college undergraduates across the City University of New York system

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    RCT of a correctional education program for prison inmates, aimed at increasing postsecondary enrollment and decreasing recidivism

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    Skyline College implementation of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for community college students

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    Longer-term follow-up of an ongoing RCT of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at three Ohio community colleges

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    Westchester Community College implementation of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)

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    Replication RCT of City University of New York’s (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at Westchester Community College

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    Expansion and replication of the ASAP model in West Virginia Community Colleges, aimed at increasing occupationally-focused degree completion

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    RCT of the ASAP model in two West Virginia community colleges, aimed at increasing occupationally-focused degree completion and earnings

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    RCT of Creating Birds of a Feather – an intervention aimed at increasing student success in college

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    RCT of Bottom Line, an program that provides one-on-one guidance to help low-income, first-generation students get into and graduate from college

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    RCT of College Forward - a program that provides individualized coaching to help low-income students get into and graduate from college

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    Long-term follow-up of an RCT to evaluate North Carolina’s Early College High Schools

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    RCTs investigating the near and medium-term impacts of behavioral nudge interventions to improve college entry and persistence among low-income students

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    RCT of One Million Degrees, a program providing financial, academic, professional, and personal supports for low-income community college students

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    RCT of up-front performance incentives for instructors and students in community colleges

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    Replication RCT of Stay the Course, an intervention designed to increase college persistence and completion by low-income community college students

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    Evaluation of Tacoma Housing Authority’s College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), which provides rental assistance vouchers to homeless or “near-homeless” community college students

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    Regulatory Policy (Health, Safety, Environmental)

    Evaluation of automated enforcement of outdoor water restrictions in Fresno, California

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    RCT of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) workplace inspections

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    Health Care Delivery

    Expansion of the Transitional Care Model across Four Health Systems

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    RCT evaluation of the Transitional Care Model across four hospital systems

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    Substance Abuse Prevention / Treatment

    Evaluation of peer navigators for emergency department patients presenting with an opioid overdose

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    Replication RCT of PROSPER, a community-wide system for delivering evidence-based substance misuse prevention programs for youth

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    RCT of PROSPER – a community-wide substance abuse prevention program for youth

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    Expansion of the LifeSkills Training substance use prevention curriculum for middle school students in Minnesota

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    RCT Evaluation of LifeSkills Training in Minnesota

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    RCT Evaluation of LifeSkills Training to Prevent Substance Abuse in High School Students

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    Civic Involvement

    Evaluation of Online Voter Turnout Tool

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    Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

    Expansion/replication of Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy (T.O.P.P.) in 11 New York City hospitals

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    Replication RCT of Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy (T.O.P.P.) in 11 New York City hospitals

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