About the Study

In 2021, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment Training Administration and competitively selected the Urban Institute to conduct the Older Workers Implementation and Descriptive Study. The study will evaluate the implementation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and other select DOL workforce programs for older workers to identify future research options that address knowledge gaps. The evaluation will include web-based grantee surveys, site visits including interview with grant staff, focus groups with participants, and the use of administrative data from grantees. This study will also assess the feasibility of conducting an impact study of SCSEP and communicate its findings to the Department of Labor (DOL), SCSEP grantees, and other relevant stakeholders.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors and provides participants access to employment-based assistance through American Job Centers. Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. SCSEP grantees include state agencies and 19 national nonprofit organizations.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform employment and training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.


Project Duration: 36 Months

Contract End Date: June 2024

Contractor: Urban Institute

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.