Planning or conducting research? Here are some resources to help you each step of the way. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s evidence-building infrastructure and its commitment to transparency, objective data and innovation, view the department’s Evidence Hub. The hub provides information about new evidence-building developments, including evaluation and evidence-building plans and assessments.
Use these resources from the department and other federal agencies to review current evidence and research related to labor.
Chief Evaluation Office Resources
Chief Evaluation Office Completed Reports: A source for completed studies that have advanced understanding of the U.S. labor market and its role in the global economy.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR): A central source of research and information on labor-related topics for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, the media and the general public.
Employment & Training
Competency Model Clearinghouse (CareerOneStop sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration): Provides validated industry competency models and tools to build a custom model and career ladder/lattice for your industry.
Employment Strategies Evidence Review (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families): 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.
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Evaluation Toolkit: Key Elements for State RESEA Programs [PDF]: 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.
What Works Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences): A resource for informed education decision making that provides credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of interventions.
What Works In Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence (Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, Education and Health and Human Services) [PDF]: 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.
Workforce System Strategies (WorkforceGPS sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor, 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.
Related Areas of Interest
Crime Solutions Website (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice): Informs practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victim services using rigorous research.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): Provides the public with reliable information on mental health and substance use interventions.
Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (administered by ICF International through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant): 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.
Youth & Children
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families): 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.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families): Identifies programs with evidence of effectiveness in reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and associated sexual risk behaviors.
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.
These checklists, guidelines and standards 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
Standards on Reducing Language Bias in CEO Products: The department’s Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) aims to communicate in a way that reduces bias toward any particular group of people, reflects a broad range of identities and perspectives, and does not stereotype or demean individuals or groups based on unconscious bias or perceptions of personal characteristics, race, cultural background, or other personally identifying labels or categories. This document provides general standards and examples, a short discussion about how to apply principles to reduce bias in language throughout the evaluation lifecycle and links to additional resources.
These resources will help you write and format your paper according to common academic standards.