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Five-Year Research Plan

The purpose of the Five-Year Research and Evaluation Strategic Plan (Research Plan) is to guide ETA in identifying high priority topic areas when planning research and evaluation over the next five years. Under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), after consultation with States, localities, and other interested parties, the Secretary of Labor is to prepare a plan that describes demonstration and pilot, multi-service, research, and multistate projects that focus on employment and training priorities for the five-year period following the plan. The plan is to contain strategies to address national employment and training problems and take into account factors such as the availability of existing research; the need to ensure results that have interstate validity; the benefits of economies of scale and the efficiency of proposed projects; and the likelihood that the results of the projects will be useful to policymakers and stakeholders in addressing employment and training problems. The first plan under WIOA is under development.

The requirement for a Five-Year Research and Evaluation Strategic Plan was carried over from Section 171 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). Below are Prior ETA Research Plans produced under WIA: