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MDC has been publishing reports based on our research that not only present issues and data through our lens of equity and opportunity, but also are meant to be readable and accessible to a wide readership. The documents featured here represent MDC’s larger body of work, from program evaluations to research reports to guidebooks for building community partnerships. Visit Library World to see a full archive of original MDC publications, as well as other resource materials that help inform our work and direct our research. (Login: MDC LIBRARY. No password needed.)
A report to the governor of North Carolina on manpower needs of the 1970s. Published January 1971
A national examination of state responses to the problems of at-risk youth. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Published September 1988.
A report of the Commission on the Future of North Carolina's Community College System. Funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Published February 1989.
A report on the human and economic impact of the literacy crisis facing the South. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Josephus Daniels Foundation, and the A.J.
A report funded by the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute. Published May 1992. 
A report funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National and Region IV (Atlanta) Offices of the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
The conceptual framework of the Rural Community College Initiative, a national program to assist community colleges in distressed areas, in partnership with their communities, in building effecti
This work, commissioned by The Duke Endowment, examines life in North Carolina and South Carolina over the past 75 years with an eye toward understanding the challenges of the next century.
A report to the Commission on Workforce Development of the North Carolina Department of Commerce based on an MDC workforce development systems research and analysis project to assess the progress
From 1994 through 2001, 24 economically distressed sites across America tested a new concept in rural development.
The paper provides the conceptual framework for the Program for the Rural Carolinas, a five-year $10.6 million rural development project in North Carolina and South Carolina funded by The Duke En
A report created for the Mississippi State Legislature's Special Task force for the Revitalization of the Delta Region.
This paper informs foundations and public agencies concerned with rural development about lessons from the RCCI experience.
How middle schools, high schools, and employers have partnered to raise students' and teachers' awareness of the job market and career opportunities. Published 1996.
Strategies to raise aspirations and academic achievement and expand future career options for middle and high school students. Published 1996.
A publication from the demonstration phase of the Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI) discusses MDC's framework for understanding the multiple levels of competencies community leaders need
An analysis of MDC's lessons from recent experience in community capacity building and long-term work in demonstration program design. Published April 1998.
Lessons gleaned from The Hitachi Foundation's Partnerships in Education and Economic Opportunity initiative, a national demonstration project to network and strengthen community-based partnership
Provides a comprehensive new paradigm for understanding economic development made sustainable through community development.
The extract provides an overview of the guidebook Building Community by Design for those interested in purchasing the guide or seeking an introduction to MDC's comprehensive community ch
A resource guide for community change leaders based on MDC's 15 years working at the grassroots level in comprehensive community change efforts.
An overview of MDC's Connecting People to Jobs program, which uses a partnership approach to move people into living-wage jobs.
Report of the MDC Panel on Rural Economic Development. Funded by the Ford Foundation and R.J. Reynolds Industries. May 1986.

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