About this Study

In 2018, the Chief Evaluation Office partnered with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to fund contractor Abt Associates to conduct the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) Evidence Building and Implementation Study. This project's objectives are to work with DOL to develop strategies to support the evidence requirements in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that relate to the RESEA. This project will: (1) develop options to meet legislative requirements related to evidence at the Federal and state levels; (2) identify the current state of the evidence of RESEA and present it in a usable framework; (3) conduct an implementation study of RESEA programs; (4) develop options to advance the RESEA evidence base; and (5) provide evaluation technical assistance to states to build their technical capacity to meet the requirements of the legislation if they conduct an RESEA program.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of requirements from section 30206 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Public Law 115-123 (BBA) and Section 306 of the Social Security Act, which created a permanent authorization for a new tiered-evidence RESEA program. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform employment and training programs and policies and addresses departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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Project Duration: 60 Months Contract

End Date: September 2023

Contractor: Abt Associates, with the Urban Institute, Capital Research Corporation and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.