Planning or conducting research? Here are some resources to help you each step of the way.
Review the Resources
Use these resources and clearinghouses from U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other federal agencies to review the current evidence and research.
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Evaluation Toolkit: Key Elements for State RESEA Programs: This resource provides tips to help states from the earliest stages of developing evidence-building goals through planning and carrying out impact studies as well as other types of evaluations. It draws from and provides information about other generally accepted and available evaluation resources that may be useful as an entry point for state RESEA programs that may not make full use of evaluations in program planning or implementation or that may need additional evaluation reference to expand their evaluation activities.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (Chief Evaluation Office): A central source of research and information on labor-related topics for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, the media, and the general public
Chief Evaluation Office Completed Studies: A source for completed studies that have advanced understanding of the U.S. labor market and its role in the global economy
Workforce System Strategies: (Employment and Training Administration): A range of potential strategies that are informed by research evidence or peer expertise that provides users with an improved starting point for making informed decisions as they work toward improving outcomes for job seekers and employers.
Competency Model Clearinghouse (DOL Employment and Training Administration): Provides validated industry competency models and tools to build a custom model and career ladder/lattice for your industry.
What Works In Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence (Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, Education and Health and Human Services): Summarizes the evidence on effective adult and youth job training strategies, training-related supports (e.g., job search assistance), and other important strategies, such as employer/industry engagement and cross-agency/system collaboration.
What Works Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Education): A resource for informed education decision making that provides credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of interventions.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Launched by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) in November 2017, the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) is a national resource for organizations that support runaway and homeless youth and their families with programs and services.
Youth.gov (Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs): Promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth by identifying strategies, tools, and resources that will help promote effective community-based efforts addressing youth risk and protective factors.
Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): A growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who serve these populations.
Crime Solutions (U.S. Department of Justice): Informs practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services using rigorous research.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Identifies programs with evidence of effectiveness in reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Provides the public with reliable information on mental health and substance use interventions.
Employment Strategies Evidence Review (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): Provides practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public with a transparent and systematic assessment of the research evidence for effectiveness of programs designed to improve the employment-related outcomes of low-income adults.
Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
- Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking - On March 30, 2016, the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 was signed into law creating the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The Commission is charged with examining all aspects of how to increase the availability and use of government data to build evidence and inform program design, while protecting privacy and confidentiality of those data. Read the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016.
Design Your Study
These checklists include important elements for a variety of study designs such as randomized control trials (RCTs), random discontinuity design (RDD), and propensity score matching (PSM). Strengthen the rigor of your study with these resources, but remember that these are not exhaustive lists and are meant to serve as guidelines.
- Randomized Control Trials Checklist
- Regression Discontinuity Design Checklist
- Matching and Weighting Checklist
- CLEAR Implementation Study Guidelines
- CLEAR Causal Evidence Guidelines
- CLEAR Guidelines for Quantitative Descriptive Studies
Acquire the Data
Find data files used in previous Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) research and links to other Department of Labor data.
Report Your Findings
These resources will help you write and format your paper according to common academic standards.