On behalf of the Department of Labor, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) funds research grants to engage the academic community in efforts to build evidence on labor issues of importance to the Department.
Since 2012, scholars have conducted independent research through the Department of Labor Scholars Program. This grant program supports the development of a research study, culminating in a final report summarizing the design, analysis, and findings, as well as a public-use data file, if applicable.
The Labor Research and Evaluation Grants aimed to build the capacity of university-based researchers to rigorously examine labor-related issues while building awareness and understanding of these issues among program administrators, policy makers, and the public.
Explore each study below. Please note, these reports were produced outside of CEO's independent evaluation and research process. Please see the individual reports for more information on how these products were developed.
Summer Data Equity Challenge Grants
The Department of Labor awarded nearly $150,000 to five established and emerging researchers to analyze how federal labor policies, protections and programs reach traditionally underserved communities.
Final reports are expected in September 2021.
Read more about the Summer Data Challenge awardees.
Grantees received up to $50,000 to conduct independent research relevant to DOL policies and programs. Explore the final reports and documentation from each cohort.
Economist and Director of Information and Communication Services, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Post-doctoral Researcher, The Ohio State University
Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Director of Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and of California Policy Lab, University of California, Berkeley
Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
Associate Professor and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair of Native American Studies, Race, and Ethnic Studies Program, University of Redlands, Redlands, California
Assistant Professor, Economics, Boston University, Boston Massachusetts
Postdoctoral Scholar, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy, and Law, School of Management, Boston University
Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
PhD Candidate, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Stanford University
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Labor Research and Evaluation Grants
DOL awarded nearly $2 million to nine university grantees to support research on workforce policies and programs that explore a wide range of topics, all with a focus on evaluating or researching topics that have direct implications for DOL programs, the labor force, and the American worker. Explore the final report from each project.
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
President and Fellows of Harvard College
The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco
The Regents of the University of Michigan
University of Massachusetts Amherst