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What is the difference between the Pathways Clearinghouse and the Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)?

The Pathways Clearinghouse, an investment of the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services, identifies interventions that aim to improve employment outcomes, reduce employment challenges, and support self-sufficiency for populations who are low income, especially recipients for public programs such as TANF. The Pathways Clearinghouse was designed for use by direct employment service providers and TANF administrators. Potential users also include policymakers and researchers.

The Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Research and Evaluation (CLEAR)'s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public more broadly so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs. CLEAR reviews literature across a range of labor-related topics, including on employment and training, health and safety, worker benefits, and employer compliance.

These Clearinghouses are coordinated federal efforts given the overlap in content. While the scope of the Pathways Clearinghouse also includes research eligible for review by CLEAR, Pathways specifically focuses on programs designed to meet the needs of populations who are low income or who face chronic barriers to employment.

How does the Pathways Clearinghouse choose research for review?

The Pathways Clearinghouse team uses prespecified keywords to systematically search databases of journal publications, evaluation reports, and unpublished literature (such as working papers). We also incorporate studies cited in literature reviews and those submitted in response to a public call for relevant studies. We screen studies for their eligibility to be included in the review against a set of predefined criteria. Then, we prioritize the eligible studies based on publication date (examining the most recent first and turning to older research as resources allow). For more information, please see the Protocol for the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse.

How does the Pathways Clearinghouse identify developmental interventions?

Developmental interventions have a rigorous impact evaluation underway, but no available findings at the time that Pathways Clearinghouse identifies them. Nominations for developmental interventions can come from federal staff, evaluators, and Pathways Clearinghouse stakeholders. If the evaluations meet the eligibility criteria established in the Protocol for the Pathways to Work Clearinghouse: Methods and Standards, they are added to the Developmental interventions page. These evaluations need to be randomized controlled trials or comparison- group quasi-experimental designs of an employment or training intervention in the U.S. or Canada that focuses on populations with low-incomes.

It is important to note that the Pathways Clearinghouse is not a registry for impact evaluations and submitting evaluations does not count as registering research. If you have a developmental intervention to share with the Pathways Clearinghouse, please email the name of the intervention, a brief description, and links to any additional publicly available materials (such as websites or reports) to PathwaysClearinghouse@mathematica-mpr.com.