The goal of this project is to work with DOL to develop strategies to support the evidence requirements in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that relate to the RESEA. This project will: (1) develop options to meet legislative requirements related to evidence at the Federal and state levels; (2) identify the current state of the evidence of RESEA and present it in a usable framework; (3) conduct an implementation study of RESEA programs; (4) develop options to advance the RESEA evidence base; and (5) provide evaluation technical assistance to states to build their technical capacity to meet the requirements of the legislation if they conduct an RESEA program.

Research Questions:

  • What options for developing and applying tiered evidence standards to RESEA interventions should be considered? What approaches for identifying evidence-based RESEA service delivery strategies and practices should be considered?
  • What is the current state of the evidence of RESEA and its components? How is RESEA being implemented? What are the types and packages of services provided under current RESEA programs? What common components of RESEA programs are effective or promising?
  • What options should DOL and states consider for building the evidence base and filling gaps in the literature?

Project Duration: 60 Months

Contract End Date: September 2023

Contractor: Abt Associates, with the Urban Institute, Capital Research Corporation and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies

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.