Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, children, and families by building knowledge and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of public policy and programs. MEF Associates was founded by Mike Fishman and Mary Farrell in 2009. Our staff members are experts in a wide array of social policy areas and have performed work for federal, state, and private clients.

Current projects include work for the Administration for Children and Families, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Urban Families, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. In all of our work, we take pride in our ability to deliver policy relevant solutions based on rigorous research and analysis.


Jan DeCoursey is presenting at the 2017 Ready by 21 National Meeting in March on “Moving Beyond the Program Model: The Shift to Becoming Evidence-Based Practitioners.” This workshop will direct attention to the critical importance of building evidence-based practices that work within and among community-based programs serving Opportunity Youth.

Sam Elkin and Emily Ellis wrote a brief on the Status of State Efforts to Integrate Health and Human Services Systems and Data. It presents findings from a questionnaire administered to state health and human services officials about efforts to strengthen connections between health and human services programs through data interoperability and systems integration.

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