Jeanne Bellotti

Jeanne Bellotti

Director of Employment Research
  • Designing and Carrying Out Evaluations of Programs to Help a Wide Range of Disadvantaged Populations Prepare For, Find, and Retain Employment
Focus Areas
  • Employment
  • Training and Re-employment
  • Justice
  • Human Services
About Jeanne

Jeanne Bellotti has extensive expertise in designing and conducting evaluations of programs to help disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment. Her work includes leadership roles on large-scale implementation, outcomes, cost, and net-impact studies of employment and training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Bellotti currently directs three projects for DOL. The first project, the Evaluation of Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release, examines the development and implementation of jail-based American Job Centers that serve participants pre-release and link them immediately upon release to community-based American Job Centers to support successful reentry. The Evaluation of the America’s Promise Job Driven Training Grants, the second project, includes both impact and implementation studies of regional partnership efforts aimed at training workers for high- and middle-skilled career pathways. And the third, the Evaluation of Youth CareerConnect, includes an implementation study across 24 sites, a randomized controlled trial in 4 sites, and a quasi-experimental impact study in 16 sites to assess the effectiveness of a high school reform initiative aimed at preparing students for pathways to successful careers in industries that often hire foreign workers on H-1B visas. She recently directed an evaluation of the Jobs Innovation and Accelerator Challenge Grants aimed at enhancing regional economic development, a study design for an impact evaluation of a program to educate participants about their rights under employee benefit laws, an evaluation of the Summer Youth Employment Program, and an evaluation of an innovative prisoner reentry program.

In addition to her own research, Bellotti is the director of Mathematica’s work related to labor and employment, a role in which she provides oversight and support to the large number of projects and proposals that Mathematica carries out for the U.S. Department of Labor, state workforce agencies, and local workforce boards and service providers. Bellotti routinely presents findings from her studies at DOL and other venues, including the annual research conference for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2010, she briefed staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on findings from the Summer Youth Employment Program. She holds an M.S. in public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Key Projects
  • Pathways home grant
    Evaluation of the Pathway Home Grant Program

    The goal of this study is to develop design options for evaluating the implementation and impact of the Pathway Home grants. We will use participatory research methods to ensure the evaluation designs are grounded in the experiences of people impacted by the justice system.

  • Youth CareerConnect Evaluation

    The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.

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