Model Demonstration Coordination Center

The Model Demonstration Coordination Center

The Model Demonstration Coordination Center (MDCC) was funded from 2005 to 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and operated by SRI International.  MDCC synthesized findings across 10 cohorts of model demonstration and technology implementation grantees to identify characteristics of an effective implementation and intervention refinement process—one that moves a practice or tool from early testing to full implementation, sustained implementation, and wider adoption. MDCC findings provide important information about how developers, intervention users, and stakeholders can improve the likelihood of high-quality and sustained implementation.

About the MDCC


Worked with 34 grantees in 10 cohorts

Facilitated collaborative partnerships with grantees to create opportunities to learn and share ideas, tools, and resources

Worked with grantees in some cohorts to establish consistent design elements across projects to deepen the evidence base for the interventions

Synthesized findings across projects and cohorts to identify factors facilitating or hindering implementation

Identified successful strategies for implementation success

Identified key issues in bridging the chasm that can exist between identifying evidence-based practices and achieving their widespread use.

MDCC Cohorts

From 2005 to 2014 OSEP funded seven cohorts of model demonstration projects, each focused on a single new and promising practice, procedure, or program that is deemed to have high potential for improving child outcomes. From 2012 to 2014, OSEP also funded three cohorts of Stepping Up technology implementation projects which implement evidence-based technology tools and develop and disseminate products that are intended to help schools and early intervention programs effectively implement the tools. Information about each of these cohorts can be found at the links below.


cohort 2

The Model Demonstration Coordination Center has been funded with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, under contract number ED-CFO-10-A-0133. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Office of Special Education Programs, SRI International, copyright 2015 SRI International
Cohort 1 Progress Monitoring in Elementary Reading Instruction Cohort 2 Tertiary Behavior Intervention Models for Elementary and Middle Schools Cohort 3 Early Childhood Language Interventions for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Delays Cohort 4 Tiered Approaches for Improving Writing Proficiecy of High School Students Cohort 5 Tiered Approaches for Improving Outcomes of English Learners in Primary Grads Cohort 6 Assistive Technolgoy for Youn Children Cohort 7 Reentry of Students with Disabilities from Juvenile Justice Facilities Cohort 8 Stepping-Up Technology Implementation Cohort 9 Stepping-Up Technology Implementation Cohort 10 Stepping-Up Technology Implementation