2017-2018 DOL Scholars Program
The 2017-2018 DOL Scholars will conduct and complete research between August 2017 and August 2018. Projects focus on a range of labor-related topics such as: contingent work in the U.S. labor market; the interplay among labor markets on American Indian reservations, tribal policy, and Native economic health; job characteristics and job retention of workers with disabilities; and variations in unemployment and re-employment rates by local economic conditions. Read more about the work of this year's scholars here.
Labor Research and Evaluation Grant Awards
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $1.97 million for nine Labor Research and Evaluation Grants to support university-based research of workforce policies and programs. These grants will help to increase awareness and build the capacity of the American people to understand critical issues related to Labor Department programs, the labor force and the American worker. The grants, administered by the department’s Chief Evaluation Office, will fund research and evaluation on a variety of important topics that will provide insight into labor policies and programs for the benefit of the general public and program administrators. More information can be found here.
[UPDATE] Chief Evaluation Officer
On November 14, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor announced the selection of Dr. Molly Irwin to lead the Chief Evaluation Office. As the Chief Evaluation Officer, Dr. Irwin is responsible for coordinating the Department's evaluation agenda, working with agencies to design and implement evaluations, and overseeing the data analytics unit. Dr. Irwin, as a career leader, will work to institutionalize the incredible progress the Office has experienced since its inception in 2010. Read more on Dr. Irwin.
Worker Leave Studies
CEO has initiated several research and evaluation projects to examine worker leave programs. These analyses examine various types of paid and unpaid leave programs, including FMLA, state leave, employer/firm leave, and temporary disability leave, and determine how different programs affect individuals’ labor force activity, employment, earnings, and household income.
DOL Workplace Flexibilities Pilot Evaluation
CEO conducted an analysis of the DOL Workplace Flexibilities Pilot
CEO is testing the application of behavioral insights, or understanding how people make and act on decisions, to improve performance and outcomes within selected DOL programs and populations. White House Social and Behavioral Science Team is leading the Federal Government's Behavioral Insights initiatives. Read the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2015 Annual Report