About the Study

In 2015, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration to fund contractors Mathematica and Social Policy Research to conduct the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth National Evaluation. The goal of the study is to identify and document the extent to which the P3 initiative increased coordination across federal agencies and programs to allow local communities the flexibilities they need to support disconnected youth.

To promote a more integrated system of federal, state, local, and tribal services for disconnected youth, Congress authorized the P3 initiative under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. It allowed up to ten grantee organizations and their partners, together called “pilots,” to waive regulations, such as spending and performance requirements, and gain coordinated access to the discretionary funds of five federal agencies. In 2015, the federal agencies participating in P3 awarded nine pilots for Cohort 1. Since its inception, six more pilots were established for two additional cohorts. 

The Department of Labor-funded study is a requirement of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 and 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 Department strategic goals and priorities.

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Project Duration: 66 Months

Contract End Date: February 2021

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research 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.