Design Options of the Search for Employment (DOSE), 2011-2013
Nationally, job search activities are a significant area of program attention, including TANF and WIA. Yet, while job search activities are often included as an essential component of programs that have been the subject of OPRE-sponsored evaluations, they have not independently been the focus of rigorous examination. The Design Options of the Search for Employment (DOSE) contract, awarded to Abt Associates, will address these gaps in the research by exploring the potential for rigorous impact evaluations of alternative job search strategies. Specifically, the project aims to develop recommendations for an overall approach, potential research design options, and the analytic methods that could be used in an evaluation of job search strategies. The project will first conduct a scan of the current state of knowledge of job search strategies, including identifying what is known about existing or previous approaches to address the problem, where there have been successes or deficiencies, and the lessons to be learned from these approaches. Building on this work, the research team will identify key research questions and then develop ideas to test job search strategies and approaches. The proposed design will consider the various evaluation methods that could be utilized, outline the appropriate considerations of each potential approach, and provide recommendations for an evaluation design or strategy.
The points of contact are Seth Chamberlain and Erica Zielewski.