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Building More Evidence in Reemployment Services for Unemployment Claimants


  • When do Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) models work and for whom?
  • We’ll build on previous work to provide states evaluation technical assistance.
  • We’ll build evidence on RESEA models to support and complement states’ evaluations.
The Challenge

In 2018, Congress permanently authorized the RESEA program, which aims to help Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants return to work more quickly. As a result, RESEA now requires that states use evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.

The Approach

Building on the RESEA Evidence Building Portfolio project, Abt will provide states services for a variety of evaluation technical assistance (TA) activities. These will include operating a RESEA evaluation Help Line, developing general evaluation TA resources, supporting a learning cohort of states, and reviewing state plans. The project team will also examine participant selection models and conduct a feasibility assessment for future studies.

The Results

The project will help states identify and implement effective RESEA program components and build the RESEA evidence base, leading to improved outcomes for UI claimants.


RESEA Evidence-Building Week—A Celebration and Sharing of States’ RESEA Evaluation and Evidence-Building Efforts
Abt Global and its partners co-sponsored a series of virtual panel sessions with DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Chief Evaluation Office (CEO). The series features presentations and moderated discussions among states, DOL’s Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR), CEO, and DOL’s contractors with the RESEA Evaluation Technical Assistance (EvalTA) Team.

Watch the Recordings:

Session 1: RESEA Week 2023 Session 1: Look How Far We’ve Come!

Session 2: RESEA Week 2023 Session 2: Always Learning Something New

Session 3: RESEA Week 2023 Session 3: Emerging Evidence from RESEA Evaluations

Session 4: RESEA Week 2023 Session 4: What’s Next for RESEA and State Evaluations?