- To conduct a quasi-experimental impact analysis using administrative data to evaluate the Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
- To conduct a formative study on the TAP Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot (ENPP) to help inform its implementation.
- To identify areas where testing of behavioral intervention strategies could potentially help improve outreach for the TAP program.
- The TAP is a partnership among DOL and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to provide employment and training information to armed forces members and their eligible spouses within one year of their separation or two years of their retirement from the military.
- TAP consists of comprehensive workshops at selected military installations nationwide for service members preparing to transition to the civilian workforce.
- Design and conduct quasi-experimental evaluation for TAP.
- Design and conduct formative evaluation for the TAP ENPP.
- Identify opportunities for testing of strategies that incorporate behavioral intervention principals.
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.