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Building Evidence for Reemployment Services


  • Need for DOL standards for evidence-based reemployment service interventions
  • Review of evidence for programs and development of options for evidence standards
  • Projected results availability in 2020
The Challenge

When Congress enacted the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, it introduced a requirement that funding for the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) program be used for evidence-based interventions or for interventions that are under evaluation. To satisfy that requirement, DOL is required to set standards and processes for determining which interventions are evidence-based and strategies to develop evidence for interventions not yet evaluated.

The Approach

The project consists of several tasks. To understand the current evidence base, we are conducting an implementation study of ongoing RESEA interventions and syntheses of the extant evaluation literature. We are developing options for evidence standards to assess the quality of extant and future evaluations. Finally, to build a larger evidence base for RESEA programs, we are developing options for evaluating existing programs and providing evaluation technical assistance to states.

The Results

The project started in 2018, and results will be available in 2020.