About the Study

In 2021, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) funded contractors ICF International and their partners (American Institutes for Research and Advocates for Human Potential) and Abt Associates and their partners (MEF Associates and AnLar) to support the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) program through two CLEAR ARISE contracts. CLEAR ARISE’s work is informed by DOLs annual learning agenda process and emerging agency priorities. CLEAR ARISE contractors will conduct evidence reviews, review studies and interventions, synthesize bodies of evidence, and disseminate findings and information about the reviews on CLEAR’s website and through other means. CLEAR is the U.S. Department of Labor’s central and trusted source of evidence on labor-related interventions and innovations. CLEAR’s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible and inform practitioner and policymaker decisions. CLEAR’s independent contractors identify, summarize, and synthesize many types of research, including descriptive, implementation, and impact studies, and posts findings on its website, https://clear.dol.gov/. CLEAR also rates select reemployment interventions, to support meeting legislative requirements. CLEAR continues to expand by conducting primarily systematic evidence reviews of interest and relevance to the department. To date, CLEAR has summarized more than 1100 studies across more than 20 labor-related topics, looking at more than 10 outcome domains. To find the most recent research, search the study database or find studies by topic area.


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Project Duration: 60 months

Contract End Date: May 2026

Contractors: ICF International, with AIR and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., and Abt Associates, with MEF Associates and AnLar

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.