The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), explored a number of topics of interest for future research, evaluations, demonstrations, and/or pilots. They reviewed these areas incrementally and systematically, to ensure efficient use of existing resources and better understanding before committing additional resources. They have identified four specific study categories:
IMPAQ evaluated the impact of the ETA H-2A worker visa program, in terms of how it brings immigrant labor to fill short-term jobs with seasonal employers. Our tasks included evaluability assessments and the subsequent development of design options. This work resulted in a data analytic and empirical framework that allows policy makers to understand how such programs can help immigrants and employers.
We used administrative data to assess the extent to which this program can help employers. We also leveraged our ability to work with data to examine the impact and measure the success of this program on local economies.
Our team included senior researchers, analysts, and economists who bring their decades of experience in mixed methods research, labor economics, policy analysis, and administrative data experience.