About the Study

In 2023, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) funded contractor American Institutes for Research (AIR), and their partners Abt Associates and Social Policy Research Associates, to conduct the Evidence to Action (E2A) at DOL: Portfolio Project & Process Study. This portfolio project builds on existing studies, evaluation technical assistance, communications, capacity building, and related efforts to grow the culture of evidence at DOL. It will help ensure DOL agencies and their partners have better access to and can more readily use reliable research and evaluation evidence to inform their policymaking, program development, and other evidence-based continuous improvement efforts. The project will do this by implementing new E2A approaches and projects that meet short-, medium-, and longer-term goals; conducting related journey mapping and other knowledge development activities; coordinating with related ongoing projects across CEO, particularly in the employment and training portfolio; and conducting other evidence translation, syntheses, and related dissemination. Implementation activities under the E2A Portfolio Project will be captured in a process and customer experience study to bring transparency to and facilitate learning about the range of evaluation technical assistance provided under the project.

Project Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: April 2028

Contractor: American Institutes for Research, Abt Associates and Social Policy Research Associates

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.