• 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. These studies offer new tools to improve outcomes by combining what we know from psychology and economics, which suggest that a deeper understanding of decision-making and behavior could improve program design and operation. For example, small changes in the environment, program operations, or default rules can reduce barriers to engagement or facilitate desired behaviors. This project will apply behavioral insights to DOL programs and rigorously test whether the changes improve performance or outcomes. It will include evaluations of at least 3-5 behavioral trials.

Project Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: September 2022

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research, with the American Institutes for Research, ideas42, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov