The Department of Labor (DOL) supports employment and training programs to improve the employment prospects of American workers so that they may obtain and keep good jobs.  

The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) works with the Employment and Training Administration, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, and other DOL agencies to conduct rigorous research to generate information on the effectiveness of employment and training programs, policies, and strategies. This research supports DOL in continuous improvement efforts in the design and implementation of evidence-based programs and policies.

Explore CEO's current studies and completed reports on employment and training.

Completed Reports:

Pathway Home Reentry Evaluation
(October 2022)

Older Workers Study
(September 2022)

The Great Recession: Lessons Learned for the Unemployment Insurance System
(August 2022)

Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) Evaluations
(July 2022)

Completed in 2020, this study was managed by the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research. Deliverables were produced outside of CEO's research development process.

Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) Evidence Building and Implementation Study
(June 2022)

Ready to Work Partnership Grant Evaluation
(May 2022)

Job Corps Cascades Impact Study
(April 2022)

Evaluation of the TechHire and Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) Grant Programs
(April 2022)

Career Pathways Descriptive and Analytical Project
(January 2022)

Navigators in Social Service Delivery Settings: A Review of the Literature with Relevance to Workforce Development Programs
(January 2022)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Research Portfolio Project
(January 2022)

National Health Emergency Demonstration Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis: Implementation Evaluation
(December 2021)

America's Promise Job-Driven Grant Program Evaluation
(October 2021)

Training Vouchers, Cash Transfers, and Their Effects on Employment-Related Outcomes
(September 2021)

Analysis of Employer Performance Measurement Approaches
(April 2021)

Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) National Evaluation
(April 2021)

National Guard Youth Challenge and Job Challenge Program Evaluation
(February 2021)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation Study: Title I and Title III Core Programs
(January 2021)

Stay at Work/Return to Work Models and Strategy Study
(December 2020)

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Initiative National Evaluation (2012-2020)
(September 2020)

Technology-Based Learning in Employment and Training
(August 2020)

This study was sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Division of Research and Evaluation

Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) National Evaluation
(August 2020)

Estimating Job Corps Cost per Enrollee and Cost per Graduate
(July 2020)

Youth CareerConnect Evaluation
(November 2019)

This study was sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Division of Research and Evaluation.

Evaluation of Grants Serving Young Offenders
(November 2019)

This study was sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Division of Research and Evaluation.

Reentry Projects Grant Evaluation
(Final Report, September 2019)

Early Experiences of the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth
(Final Report, September 2019)

Self-Employment Training (SET) Pilot Program Evaluation
(July 2019)

Comparing State and National Approaches to Education and Training Program Scorecards
(Final Report, July 2019)

Regional Collaboration to Create a High-Skilled Workforce: Evaluation of the Jobs and Innovations Accelerator Challenge Grants
(Final Report, July 2019)

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Livelihoods Services Evaluation
(Final Report, June 2019)

Young Parents Demonstration (YPD) Evaluation
(June 2019)

Feasibility Study and Evaluation of Non-Traditional Occupation Demonstrations Study
(June 2019)

National Job Corps Study: 20-Year Follow-Up Study Using Tax Data
(February 2019)

Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) Research Study Design
(February 2019)

Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2015-2016: A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers
(Final Report, January 2019)

Administrative Data Research and Analysis Project (ADRA): Comparisons of Data Sources on Earnings
(December 2018)

Comparing Job Training Impact Estimates using Survey and Administrative Data
(Final Report, December 2018)

Providing Public Workforce Services to Job Seekers: 30-month Impact Findings on the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs
(December 2018)

Challenges and Strategies Used to Operate Unemployment Insurance Programs During the Great Recession
(Literature Review, December 2018)

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Employer Perspectives Study
(Final Report, November 2018)

Laying a Foundation: Four-Year Results from the National YouthBuild Evaluation
(Final Report, November 2018)

Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration Evaluation
(Final Report, November 2018)

America Job Centers’ (AJC) Institutional Analysis
(November 2018)

Career Pathways Study

(May 2018)

The External Review of Job Corps
(April 2018)

Evaluation of Urban Youth Employment Demonstrations Grants
(November 2017)

An Introduction to the World of Work: A Study of the Implementation and Impacts of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program
(May 2017)

A Study of the Self-Employment Assistance Program: Helping Unemployed Workers Pursue Self-Employment
(Final Report, January 2017)

A Longitudinal Survey of Unemployment Insurance Recipients in Two Regions in California
(Final Report, January 2017)

Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Program Evaluation 
(January 2017)

Promising Practices for Increasing Diversity Among First Responders
(December 2016)

Older Workers Study
(December 2016)

Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) Program Evaluation
(November 2016)

The 2015 Longitudinal Survey of Unemployment Insurance Recipients-California Pilot
(Survey Methodology Report, August 2016)

Exploring Reemployment Strategies for Army Veterans: Implementation of State Pilots
(Final Report, July 2016)

Additional Unemployment Compensation Benefits During the Great Recession: Recipients and Their Post-Claim Outcomes
(Final Report, March 2016)

Sector-Based Training Strategies: The Challenges of Matching Workers and Their Skills to Well-Paying Jobs
(Final Report, March 2016)

States' Decisions to Adopt Unemployment Compensation Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(Final Report, March 2016)

The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) Implementation Study and Feasibility of an Impact Study
(November 2015)

Understanding Adult Subpopulations Served by Workforce Investment Programs
(Final Report, August 2015)

Implementation of the EUC08 Reemployment Services and Reemployment Eligibility Assessments Program: Findings from Nine States
(Final Report, June 2015)

Using Workforce Data Quality Initiative Databases to Develop and Improve Consumer Report Card Systems
(Final Report, May 2014)

Formative Evaluation of Job Clubs Operated by Faith-And Community-Based Organizations
(Final Report, May 2014)

How Are Women Served by the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs? Findings from Administrative Data
(December 2012)

Implementation Evaluation of the ARRA Green Jobs and High Growth/Health Care Grants
(Final Report, February 2012)

Public Use Data:

Young Parents Demonstration (YPD) Evaluation

How Are Women Served by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs?

Find more research in DOL’s Clearinghouse on Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR).


Labor Research Scholars and Grants

DOL and CEO fund grants and awards to support academic research that build evidence on labor issues important to the department. Read more about each research program and explore the final reports and datasets.


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.