Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review

Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review is a website hosted by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (Department of Health and Human Services) that offers a searchable database of recent studies on the effectiveness of employment and training programs for low-income adults. Conducted by Mathematica Policy Research in 2014 and 2015, the review involved a transparent and systematic assessment of the effectiveness of various employment programs for low-income adults in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

To be included in the database, the researchers screened for studies that had been published since 1990 and offered a quantitative assessment of the program under study. The research team began by utilizing a multi-pronged approach to identify all the relevant research, and then implemented a set of objective, rigorous, and stan­dardized techniques to assess the strongest evidence in order to draw conclusions about the overall impacts of a particular program, policy, or practice. The goal of the exercise was to distill the most trustworthy research in order to support evidence-based decision-making most effectively.

Practitioners and policy-makers will benefit from this searchable database of reports that summarize the strongest evidence of the effectiveness of various approaches for supporting low-income adults. The website allows users to focus on particular approaches, program objectives and target populations. It will also begin offering a series of briefing notes that will synthesize and examine various employment strategies topics in 2016.