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Division of Research and Evaluations

Under the Workforce Investment Act, ETA carries out activities for the purpose of developing and implementing techniques and approaches, and demonstrating the effectiveness of methods. ETA operates pilots and demonstrations and conducts applied research for experiments aimed at developing new knowledge in the field of employment and training.

ETA Research Publication Database
find ETA Research and Evaluation reports from the Office of Policy Development and Research; Unemployment Insurance; and Office of Workforce Security. Using this online database, you can search, download and request ETA publications on research, pilots, demonstrations, and evaluations.

Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Projects
ETA research and demonstration projects cover a wide range of topics related to the workforce investment system and unemployment insurance. Highlighted projects include the Youth Offender Demonstration, Project GATE (see attached Current Projects-Project Gate), ADARE, Evaluation of the UI Benefits Program, Evaluation of the TAA Program, the Quantum Opportunity Project, and Job Corps.

National Agricultural Workers Survey
The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is an employment-based, random survey of the demographic and employment characteristics of the U.S. crop labor force. The information is obtained directly from farm workers through face-to-face interviews. Since 1988, when the survey began, nearly 43,000 workers have been interviewed.

Research Conferences
ETA sponsors various research conferences and showcases addressing a range of policy and program issues and document promising program practices. Currently, information is available for the 2005 Research Showcase and the Biennial National Research Conferences.

Five-Year Research Plan
Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, a five-year strategic plan (referred to as the "Research Plan") for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration is to be prepared every two years. This plan provides a strategic vision for research efforts based upon extensive input from stakeholders, a review of recent research efforts, an identification of areas where future research may be needed, and a review of possible research methodologies.

Operating Plans
The Operating Plans provides the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) plans for Pilots, Demonstration, and Research (PD&R) and Evaluation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007. The PD&R and Evaluation funds are used for Program Year (PY) 2007, which began on July 1, 2007, and ends on June 30, 2008. The FY 2007 appropriation for PD&R and Evaluation is $14.7 million and approximately $4.9 million, respectively.

Employment and Research Datasets
The Employment Research Data Center is the data repository for many research and evaluation projects that were conducted or funded by ETA. The datasets are available for a nominal fee.

Related Research Sources
A collection of sources containing research information related to employment and training conducted and/or sponsored by the private and public sectors.

DOL Peer Review Agenda

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You may browse ETA research databases, Research and Evaluation Reports and the other information in the ETA Library or if you are interested in learning about other research, reports and publications within DOL, visit our Research Library.

Created: October 23, 2006
Updated: May 14, 2008