Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Network
The CTE Research Network conducts and promotes high-quality studies examining the impact of CTE. It includes four research teams working on a major Institute of Education Sciences-funded project. It facilitates these efforts, carries out its research activities, and communicates the findings. These collaborative efforts are designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with evidence on CTE programs, policies, and practices.

U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

The WWC reviews existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. It provides educators and others with information to make evidence-based decisions. It focuses on the results from high-quality research to answer the question, “What works in education?” One of the most relevant to workforce professionals is the Path to Graduation topic area which features studies on Job Corps, YouthBuild, Career Academies, and other related subjects.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) An Office of the Administration for Children & Families, Self-Sufficiency, Welfare, and Employment Topic

The portfolio on Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment addresses innovative approaches for increasing economic self-sufficiency and reducing public assistance dependency, including rigorous evaluations of promising employment and training strategies. Topics include welfare-to-work strategies, career pathways and postsecondary training models, employment retention and advancement approaches, subsidized employment strategies, and employment coaching models.


U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 

The NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. The site also provides a link to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database that contains more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, substance abuse abstracts. All studies are given one of the following Evidence Ratings—1) No Effects; 2) Promising; 3) Effective. 

U.S. Department of Labor, Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)

Search the CLEAR database for evaluation and research studies of all types—from descriptive to implementation to impact. Each study in the database is reviewed to determine the purposes, audiences, and the causal evidence rating—High, Medium, or Low. The causal evidence ratings for studies or components of studies estimate the causal impact of a policy, intervention, program, or approach and informs the decisions of practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public about labor policies and programs.