The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (“Colorado Lab”) partners with the Office of Colorado’s Governor and works with state agencies to improve the lives of Colorado’s residents.
The long-term impact of a criminal record can keep many people from getting a job, a place to live, and a stable lifestyle. Without supports, many relapse into criminal behavior. We study programs and approaches to prevent rearrest, reconviction, and return to prison after release and help people change their behavior to re-enter society successfully. These initiatives aim to reduce recidivism as well as high correctional costs through improvements in health, family relationships, job skills, education, finances, and other key factors.
Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite
This study includes (1) annual evaluations of the 25 programs funded through Oakland Unite, (2) annual evaluations of program strategies (life coaching, education and economic self-sufficiency, and violent incident and crisis response), and (3) a four-year impact evaluation.
Does Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release Help? The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program
This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
CLEAR’s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs.
Helping At-Risk Youth: Evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program aims to improve the education, life skills, and employment potential of these dropouts. In this evaluation, a rigorous random assignment study will determine the program’s effectiveness by measuring changes in participants’ outcomes, and an implementation study...
Addressing the Critical Needs of Youth Offenders: Evaluating the Impacts of Grant-Funded Programs
This study examines a new Department of Labor (DOL)-funded program that combines promising workforce strategies (career pathways) with promising juvenile justice strategies (expungement and diversion services).