The purpose of this study is to conduct an implementation evaluation of the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s National Health Emergency (NHE) Demonstration Grants to address the opioid crisis. The evaluation will document all facets of the six NHE grants and identify challenges and promising practices, in order to generate information that will better inform grantees, sub-grantees, providers and partners delivering workforce services to individuals and communities affected by opioid addiction.

Research Questions:

  • What is currently known about the role of employment and training in addiction recovery and rehabilitation, both generally and with opioids, for different subpopulations? What services and factors appear to have been effective or promising in the past, with the different target groups? What models or approaches are currently being tested in the US and in other countries?
  • How were the grants implemented? What factors influenced implementation? What challenges did grantees encounter in implementation and how were those addressed? Were there problems with outreach, service enrollment, retention, and completion? What factors affected job placement and job retention?
  • Who were the major partners involved and what services did they provide? What are the variations in the model, structure, governance, partnerships, across grants and sites?

Project Duration: 36 Months

Contract End Date: September 2021

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research

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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.