MEF Associates is a small social policy research firm offering a full range of evaluation, policy research, and technical assistance services in the areas of child and family policy, workforce development, income security, and early childhood education. Our projects and publications reflect deep subject area expertise with substantial technical capacity.


We have experience working on a wide range of policy areas, including:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Child support enforcement
  • Head Start, Early Head Start, and early childhood education
  • Refugee resettlement and assistance
  • Social Security and disability employment policy
  • Career pathways and postsecondary education and training
  • Fatherhood and family strengthening programs
  • Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Workforce system
  • Asset building and financial empowerment
  • Youth services


MEF’s subject area expertise is complemented by substantial technical capacity. Staff have led projects or tasks that involved:

  • Design and implementation of randomized control trials
  • Analyses of longitudinal survey data and administrative data
  • Implementation and process studies
  • Design of surveys, interview guides, and focus group protocols
  • Benefit cost studies
  • Impact analyses
  • Technical assistance
  • Literature reviews