IMPAQ’s evaluation aimed to disentangle the theory of change around including livelihoods components in the international programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL), designed to combat child labor and forced labor. Currently, the DOL sponsors a number of livelihoods interventions to improve household income generating potential and disincentivize the use of child labor and forced labor globally. Ultimately, our results will inform if, how, and when the DOL should sponsor these types of services.
First, we assessed all of the programs in the Office of Child Labor, Force Labor and Human Trafficking grantee portfolio that provide livelihoods services. Upon selection of appropriate program sites, the evaluation deployed mixed-methods approaches to evaluate the conditions under which these programs are appropriate.
We are distinctively well-positioned to have conducted this project, given our team’s unique ability to research labor market programs for disadvantaged populations in a variety of contexts using robust, comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses. Our experience in rigorous evaluations of child labor reduction programs around the world, including in India, Rwanda, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Malawi, also has informed our ability to provide meaningful insight into these questions.
Our technical lead has more than 20 years of experience performing rigorous policy evaluations, including in international workforce development, active labor market policies, and child labor reduction. His team of researchers is experienced in child labor, livelihoods interventions, and international programs, as well as with both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.