Workforce Development


Federal, state, and local governments, as well as corporations and non-profit organizations invest billions of dollars in the workforce development system every year. As demand for programs and policies that help prepare people to enter the workforce or advance in the workplace increase, and funding is declining, stakeholders want assurance that these investments are having positive impacts.

The workforce development system is multifaceted and highly complex. Through rigorous evaluations and data-driven evidence, IMPAQ provides solutions integral to planning, developing, managing, and implementing the nation's workforce development programs.

IMPAQ has designed and conducted rigorous studies of workforce development, worker protection, training, and adult education programs at the national, state, and local levels. We help clients understand what is working, where to invest their dollars, and what policy decisions will have the most impact.

Rigorous Methods, Responsive to Changing Needs

Our interdisciplinary team of highly-experienced researchers employ rigorous research methods to determine if a program had the intended outcome, to identify which interventions are most effective at achieving policy goals, and to inform clients how best to improve a program, scale up an approach that works, or modify an intervention that does not.

With more than 30 researchers, including Ph.D. level economists, psychologists, sociologists, and social scientists, as well as experts with advanced degrees in public policy, our researchers possess a thorough knowledge of the workforce investment system.

In addition to our high level of customer service and flexibility, what sets IMPAQ apart is our in-house survey center and expertise in secure information technology and advanced analytics. For example, one of the innovative ways we are helping public policy makers and program managers make faster, smarter, and better decisions is by visually displaying data for spatial statistical analysis. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can facilitate a deeper understanding of data, help us ask more meaningful questions, identify trends and opportunities, and ultimately make decisions with greater confidence.

Examples of IMPAQ projects that have helped our clients make better decisions with GIS include:

  • Describing variance in coupon redemption patterns by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit use at Farmers’ Markets, for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Compiling spatial data sources and creating an interactive map of the locations of job openings relative to work force characteristics, for the Newark (NJ) Workforce Investment Board.

Experience Researching Hard To Serve Populations

Over the past decade, IMPAQ has led research and evaluations around major workforce development initiatives that seek to improve the employment outcomes of a wide range of hard to reach populations, including persons with disabilities, veterans, youth, the chronically unemployed, and persons with a history of incarceration. Click here to learn more.

Our Senior Workforce Development Experts
Select Workforce Development Clients
  • U.S. Department of Labor
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Employment and Training Administration
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
    • Wage and Hour Division 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Food and Nutrition Service
    • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Administration for Children and Families
  • U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, Inc.,
  • Virginia Employment through Entrepreneurship Consortium

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Complete our contact form or call us at (443) 259-5500 to discuss how IMPAQ can help evaluate and enhance public programs and policies.