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Chief Evaluation Office

Current Study

Career Pathways Design Study


  • The purpose of this contract is to document what is currently known, identify the gaps in the literature, document current promising programmatic directions, challenges, and unanswered questions, and develop evaluation design recommendations for the U.S. Department of Labor that will allow the Department, in partnership with other federal partners, to implement an evaluation(s) to meet the requirements of the WIOA legislation and add to the evidence base about Career Pathways models and practices for training and service provision for low-wage or low-skilled workers in health care or early education and child care.

Key Components:

  • Career pathways research synthesis. A summary of career pathways evaluation efforts and findings including a discussion of what questions have or will be answered by existing research, what unanswered questions remain, and directions for future research.
  • Early care and education (ECE) pathways synthesis. Including a summary of (1) current major reports and initiatives related to career pathways for ECE; (2) promising features of current initiatives worthy of evaluation; and (3) major opportunities for, or barriers to, the development of successful career pathways initiatives in ECE.
  • Career pathways implementation synthesis. A summary of how different programs and system change initiatives are defining and implementing career pathways; the types of programs, models, and system change initiatives in operation, and implications for research questions.
  • Evaluation design recommendations. An evaluation design recommendations report that will: (1) define the intervention(s) to be evaluated and research questions; (2) describe options for coordinated studies to answer the research questions; (3) detail the implementation, impact, and cost study designs; and (4) examine the potential for conducting or building meta-analyses.

Project Duration: 24 Months

Contract End Date: April 10, 2018

Contractor: Abt Associates