The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse

2018 - 2023

People who run programs for job seekers with low incomes and those seeking to promote policies that can improve employment outcomes for individuals with low incomes need evidence about what works. While a large body of evidence exists it can be challenging for program administrators and policymakers to know where to find that evidence and determine how it might apply to their programs and populations. To provide reliable, accessible information about what works to help people with low incomes succeed in the labor market, OPRE launched the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse Visit disclaimer page , a systematic evidence review and website. By systematically reviewing the evidence, the Pathways Clearinghouse identifies interventions that aim to improve employment outcomes, reduce employment challenges, and support self-sufficiency for populations with low income.

Video #1 — Learn more about the Pathways Clearinghouse


The Clearinghouse has several goals:

  • Conduct a transparent, comprehensive search to identify studies of employment and training interventions designed to improve employment, increase earnings, support self-sufficiency, or advance education and training for populations who are low income.
  • Rate the quality of those studies to assess the strength of the evidence they provide on the different interventions.
  • Determine the evidence of effectiveness for those interventions.
  • Share the results, as well as other Clearinghouse products, on a user-friendly website ( Visit disclaimer page ) to help state and local TANF administrators, policymakers, researchers and the general public make sense of the results and better understand how this evidence might apply to questions and contexts that matter to them.
  • Synthesize the overall state of evidence in the field by creating and disseminating synthesis reports.

The Clearinghouse provides a comprehensive source of information about what works to help individuals with low incomes succeed in the labor market. The website was designed with significant input from key stakeholders including TANF administrators, employment service providers, researchers, and technical experts on evidence reviews to ensure that the findings from the evidence review were presented in as useful and clear manner as possible. Users of the website can search the site to find interventions that are well-supported, supported, or not supported; strategies for finding programs that work with similar target populations; and examine detailed study-level information on findings.

The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse builds on the work of OPRE's Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) by including newer and wider- reaching research and assessing the effectiveness of the interventions reviewed. The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse continues to be informed, also, by the work of other federal clearinghouse efforts.

Video #2 — Using intervention details from the Pathways Clearinghouse to make decisions


Webinars and presentations related to the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse are available on the Pathways YouTube channel Visit disclaimer page .

OPRE contracted with Mathematica, Hager Sharp, and MEF Associates to develop and administer the Pathways Clearinghouse.

Point(s) of contact: Kim Clum, Clare DiSalvo, and Amelie Hecht


Related Resources

Explore a new OPRE's Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse brief on lessons learned delivering remote services to job seekers with low incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.


During the past several decades, evaluations have produced a great deal of research on interventions designed to improve the employment outcomes of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, beneficiaries of other public benefit programs, and other people with low incomes. But the sheer volume of research combined with the diversity of the findings can make it challenging to find applicable research, identify the most reliable and relevant studies, and use information...