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.


Several MEF staff members will be participating in the upcoming Association for Public Policy and Management’s Fall Research Conference. Mary Farrell will present findings from a behavioral intervention in Los Angeles County as part of the BIAS project. Asaph Glosser will present findings from an upcoming report on a test of subsidized employment as part of the STED project. Jan DeCoursey will participate in a roundtable on evaluator and program partnerships to assist youth transitioning from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to independence. Mike Fishman will discuss implementation findings from the H-1B Technical Skills Training Evaluation.

Jan DeCoursey led a workshop for the Three Rivers Workforce Board (Allegheny County) focused on evidence based and promising practices in workforce development on June 24th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mike Fishman presented, “Applying Behavioral Sciences to Human Service Programs: BIAS Lessons and Next Steps,” to the National Governor’s Association’s Policy Institute for Governors Human Services Advisors on June 21st in Kansas City, Missouri.