Impact Study of the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative

Official Title
Impact of the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative
Florida, Idaho, Illinois, and Nevada
Workforce Development
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Surveys & Data Collection
US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration
Experimental Impact Evaluations

Since the beginning of the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative (REA) in 2005, IMPAQ International has been at the forefront of studying the effectiveness of the initiative.   

IMPAQ has conducted three separate studies for the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) examining the effectiveness of the REA Initiative in helping the unemployed find jobs faster and eliminating payments to ineligible individuals, thus reducing the length of time unemployment benefits were paid and saving Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund resources.

The first study was published in 2008 and provided evidence on the early implementation of the REA initiative. 

 In late 2008, USDOL asked IMPAQ International to conduct an additional study of the REA Initiative by examining the effects of the program in four states – Florida, Idaho, Illinois, and Nevada. 

This second study was published in 2011 and study focused on process and impact analyses of the REA Initiative during the period from July 2009 through December 2009.  Using an experimental design where some UI claimants received REA benefits and others did not, IMPAQ rigorously measured the impact of the REA initiative in the study states. One of the key findings was that, in Nevada, REA helped participants to find employment quickly and therefore stop collecting Unemployment Insurance, reducing total benefit amounts received by up to $805 per participant.

The 2011 report presented the results of these analyses which informed ETA’s report to Congress on June 30, 2011. The report demonstrated the initiative led to shorter payouts of UI benefits and reduced benefit exhaustion.

Furthermore, the reductions in benefits substantially exceeded the per‐participant REA cost in the states. These results provide strong evidence that REA initiative is a cost‐effective program.

A third study, published in 2012, provided in-depth analyses of the effects of the REA program in Nevada.