Highlighted Projects

Family and Medical Leave Act: Wave 4 Surveys

The DOL Chief Evaluation Office commissioned two new surveys to understand the range of perspectives on FMLA in the United States. The studies will update and expand the evidence about FMLA use and leave-taking that has been generated by three prior "waves" of surveys (1995, 2000, and 2012).

Evaluations of Behavioral Interventions in Labor Programs

The Department of Labor Behavioral Interventions project explores how insights from behavioral science can be used to improve the performance and outcomes of DOL programs.

Evaluation of the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) training programs across all 46 grantees. 

Other Current Studies 


CLEAR — Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research

CLEAR's mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public more broadly.

Evaluation Policy Statement

Department of Labor Evaluation Policy Statement

This evaluation policy statement presents key principles that govern the Department of Labor's (DOL) planning, conduct, and use of program evaluations. The policy represents a commitment to conducting rigorous, relevant evaluations and to using evidence from evaluations to inform policy and practice... [Read more]

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Items of Note

  • Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018

    On January 14, 2019, H.R. 4174 was enacted after being sign by the President. H.R. 4174 addresses several recommendations from the final report issued by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Specifically, the bill.

    • Requires federal agencies to create evidence-building plans for identifying and addressing policy questions relevant to the programs, policies, and regulations of the agency;
    • Establishes Chief Evaluation Officers to continually assess the coverage, quality, methods, consistency, effectiveness, independence, and balance of the portfolio of evaluations, policy research, and ongoing evaluation activities of the agency; and
    • Creates an advisory committee to study the Commission’s recommendation to create a National Secure Data Service.
    The bill also incorporates the text of H.R. 1770, the OPEN Government Data Act, which requires open government data assets made available by federal agencies to be published as machine-readable data. Read the full bill.