MDD provides an innovative “evidence-based” education program. We are committed to ongoing assessment and evaluation of our educational outcomes on students’ multidimensional achievement.

We have a proven track record for delivering high-quality programming and contributing benefits to society, the community and the individual.

National Endowment for the Arts

Recent peer panels called our seven-year sequential PreK-5 education program “a national model.”

Johns Hopkins University Partnership

In Fall 2015 we launched a study with Johns Hopkins University School of Education to evaluate the outcomes of our educational program across eight NYC public elementary schools.

In Fall 2016, MDD provided pilot programs at those four control schools for this year’s mixed-methods study of our programs’ impact on students’ academic accomplishments across Math and English Language Arts.

Roisin P. Corcoran, PhD’s, 2018 peer-reviewed study found that MDD’s Partnerships in Literacy Program is “evidence based.” Students’ 2016 NYS Reading Assessment English Language Arts (ELA) scores rose a “statically significant” amount after they completed MDD’s 16-week dance and literacy program.

Click here to download a PDF of the JHU study

Student Journal Writing

We’ve tracked student journal writing over the years and recently created school Chapbooks to assess the effectiveness of our work.

Columbia Business School, 2010

Regarding our Social Return on Investment (SROI): “For every $1.00 contributed to MDD there is a $2.11 benefit to society.”

New York University Research

A three-year NYU study showed

  • Improved Academic Performance and Math Test Scores
  • Improved Classroom Behavior
  • Improved Writing Skills
  • Improved Teaching Skills
  • Increased Participation from Parents

William T. Grant Foundation

Our funder, the William T Grant foundation, supports our trauma-informed teaching practices. We are currently awaiting evaluation reports.