We’ve set out to estimate the effectiveness of HVRP services by: (1) conducting an impact study using a quasi-experimental design to examine the long-term employment outcomes of HVRP participants compared to outcomes of homeless veterans who do not receive HVRP services, and (2) leading a complementary implementation study to describe grantees’ program models, partnerships, and the homeless veterans they serve.
To help veterans experiencing homelessness find and hold meaningful employment, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awards grants through the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). HVRP grantees provide homeless veterans with employment-based services and referrals to housing and other supportive services. In fall 2017, DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office, in collaboration with VETS, contracted with Mathematica and its partners to conduct a five-year evaluation of HVRP.
- Social Policy Research Associates
- Urban Institute
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
Our research will answer the following questions:
- What are the impacts of HVRP on homeless veterans’ employment and earnings?
- Do HVRP employment-related outcomes vary based on characteristics of those served, the programs or grantees, or of the community in which the program operates?
- What are the types and combinations of programs, approaches, or services provided under the HVRP grant program?
- How are the programs implemented? What factors or conditions influence implementation (i.e., partnerships, strategies, participants, infrastructure, data management, technical assistance)?
- What challenges arise in implementation, and how were those challenges overcome? What implementation practices appear promising or important to the success for program?