Impact Evaluations of Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gaps

Official Title
Closing the Evidence Gap on Child Labor
Washington, DC, and 5 program sites worldwide
12/2014 – 12/2019
Workforce Development
Social Programs
International Development
Program Evaluations
U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (DOL/ILAB)
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
Experimental Impact Evaluations
Qualitative Data Analysis

Programs designed to combat child labor store information on the social and economic services they provide their participants and beneficiaries. These data allow the outputs associated with improving service delivery, livelihoods, education access, and awareness to be measured effectively.

As part of the Closing the Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gaps: Impact Evaluations, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (DOL/ILAB), IMPAQ is conducting five randomized controlled trial evaluations of programs to reduce child labor. These evaluations focus on the worst forms of child labor (including hazardous child labor).

Our evaluation is addressing a number of questions, including whether:

  1. Making education more accessible leads to a decrease in these forms of child labor;
  2. There is a difference in the effectiveness of services for population sub-groups; and
  3. There are synergies between policies that reduce child labor supply and those that reduce child labor demand.

We are well-positioned to conduct this project, given our ability to research and evaluate labor market programs for disadvantaged populations in a variety of contexts using robust, comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses. Our project lead has more than 15 years of experience developing, executing, and managing rigorous labor research and evaluation studies. He is an expert in many labor market areas, including training, occupational safety and health, and individuals with disabilities. He has also led the development, implementation, and completion of a number of impact evaluations.

The senior technical advisors have more than 20 years of experience with rigorous program evaluations (using experimental and quasi-experimental methods). This includes evaluating programs targeted to disadvantaged and at-risk youth, international workforce development, and forced labor eradication, as well as the elimination of child labor and hazardous child labor.

Our researchers are experienced in child labor, youth, and international programs, as well as with experimental and qualitative evaluation techniques.