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.


Asaph Glosser and Carly Morrison co-authored a report describing early impact and implementation findings from a test of a health care career pathways program in King County, Washington as part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education study.

Bright Sarfo recently presented results of the DAD MAP evaluation at several research conferences including the National Council on Family Relations and Annual Society for Social Work and Research conferences. The presentation covered findings from a randomized control trial of a culturally tailored parenting curriculum for African American dads residing in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sam Elkin, Bright Sarfo, and Carly Morrison are co-authors on a recent report, Evaluation of the Ready to Work Partnership Grant Program: Findings from the Implementation Study of Four Training Programs for Long-Term Unemployed Workers.

Angela Gaffney co-authored a brief summarizing findings from a survey of State Refugee Coordinators as part of the study, Understanding the Interaction between TANF and Refugee Cash Assistance.

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