About the Study

In 2017, the Chief Evaluation Office’s (CEO’s) Administrative Data and Research Analysis (ADRA) contract partnered with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and funded contractor Mathematica Policy Research to conduct Data on Earnings: A Review of Resources for Research and Comparing Job Training Impact Estimates Using Survey and Administrative Data. The descriptive analyses aim to review potential opportunities and implications of using different earnings data sources to analyze employment outcomes for research and evaluation studies. In Data on Earnings: A Review of Resources for Research, researchers described the characteristics of and considerations for administrative data, surveys of study participants, and existing general population surveys. For the Comparing Job Training Impact Estimates Using Survey and Administrative Data study, researchers compared earnings levels and impact estimates from three sources to gather insights regarding their strengths, drawbacks, and tradeoffs.

This Department of Labor-funded study is a resource to help build the labor evidence-base to inform data and reporting programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

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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.