About the Study
In 2020, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration to fund contractors Mathematica Policy Research with Social Policy Research Associates and the Council of State Governments Justice Center to conduct the Pathway Home Reentry Evaluation. The study aims to develop design options for an impact and implementation evaluation to assess the feasibility of conducting an impact evaluation and examine the implementation of the Pathway Home Reentry Grant program. Based on the results from the feasibility analysis, CEO plans to conduct the most rigorous impact evaluation feasible of the Pathway Home program. As part of the feasibility assessment, the evaluation will include a review of Pathway Home grants and the design of cross-site impact and implementation evaluation options to examine Pathway Home.
This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and 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.
- What are the most rigorous evaluation options feasible for assessing the impact of the Pathway Home Reentry grant program on participant outcomes?
- How were programs implemented? What factors influenced implementation? What challenges did programs face in implementation and how were those challenges overcome? How did implementation vary by institution type (correctional facilities or jails)?
- What is the impact of the Pathway Home Reentry Grant Program on participant employment, earnings, and recidivism?
- To what extent do impacts vary across selected subpopulations of transitioning offenders (e.g., institution type, type of offense, age, veteran status)?
- Develop the knowledge base
- Conduct an impact feasibility assessment and develop evaluation design options
- Conduct an impact and implementation evaluation (optional tasks)
Project Duration: 5 Years
Contract End Date: September 2025
Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research with Social Policy Research Associates and the Council of State Governments Justice Center
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.