Research and Evaluation: Impact Assessments that Guide Continuous Improvement
Author(s): Employment and Training Administration
Organizational Author(s): U.S. Department of Labor
Learn why program evaluation is important, and how an evaluation is conducted, plus how to use evaluation results to improve programs through a continuous feedback loop.
This resource page offers guides and manuals that define the scope of program evaluation, address common challenges program managers and practitioners have regarding evaluation, and outline major reasons why conducting a program evaluation can benefit programs.
Why Conduct a Program Evaluation?
This brief focuses on youth programming, but the rationale for, and approach to program evaluation, is applicable to all workforce development programs and human services programming.
The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation
This guide includes worksheets, examples, checklists, definitions and an appendix with additional evaluation resources.
Guide to Evaluating Workforce Programs
This guide for policy-makers discusses the value and purpose of program evaluations, highlighting different evaluation tools and techniques, and illustrating how policymakers and program managers can structure and implement evaluations of workforce development programs.
Design Options for an Evaluation of Job Search Assistance
This report developed recommendations for an overall approach, potential research design options, and the analytic methods that could be used in rigorous impact evaluations of job search strategies.
Evaluation and Measurement for Training Grant Programs
This guide provides a comprehensive discussion of program evaluation strategies, providing recommendations and resources for discretionary education and training program grantees.
Evaluation Toolkit for Prospective Discretionary Grantees
This toolkit presents a detailed orientation to evaluation concepts and principles, providing background information on evaluation, and reviewing the different kinds of evaluations, including pre- and post-outcome study, randomized control trial, implementation study and cost study.
A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation
This guide focuses on how a program made a difference. It has an overview of core statistical and econometric methods for program impact evaluation (and, more generally, causal modeling). It forms a bridge between more basic treatments of the essentials of evaluation methods and the more advanced methods.
What Works In Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence
This report summarizes the evidence collected on job training strategies and programs, synthesizing evidence on what works for adults and youth to improve their employment and educational outcomes, highlighting gaps in evidence, and suggesting directions for future research.