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 identifies and summarizes many types of research, including descriptive, implementation, and impact studies. In addition, CLEAR assesses the quality of research that looks at the effectiveness of particular policies and programs.
- Identify topic areas of interest to policymakers, administrators, and other stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Work with content experts to develop research questions within the topic areas and search the literature for research addressing those questions.
- Maintain a searchable citation database of all the research identified.
- Create highlights capturing the main features of each report and journal article.
- Produce more detailed profiles for research that has the highest potential to help practitioners implement a program or provide evidence of effectiveness.
- Synthesize the research across studies within a topic area, highlight gaps in the literature, and suggest areas in which further research is needed.
Evidence Ratings for Causal Studies
High Causal Evidence
Moderate Causal Evidence
Low Causal Evidence
What's In a Profile
CLEAR highlights key features of all the relevant research identified for a given topic area. The highlights contain a concise summary of the:
- research question
- intervention and setting
- data and methods
For research with the highest potential to help practitioners implement a program or provide evidence of effectiveness to policymakers, CLEAR produces a more in-depth research profile.
Profiles expand on the highlights by describing more thoroughly the key features of the program or policy being studied, the context in which the study was conducted, information about the data sources and methods used, and a summary of the main findings.
In addition, profiles of research describing implementation experiences include some key considerations for interpreting the findings. This can help you decide to what extent the findings from the study might apply to your situation.
Finally, profiles of research seeking to determine the effectiveness of a particular program or policy provide a causal evidence rating and an explanation for why the research received the rating. This can help you decide to what extent you want to make decisions based on a particular piece of research.