Department of Labor Publishes Sixty-Day PRA Notice for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Impact Evaluation
As the only federal program wholly focused on employment services for veterans experiencing homelessness, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) sits at the nexus of these three critical policy arenas: veterans, employment, and housing. Since 1987, HVRP has assisted veterans experiencing homelessness through competitive grants to state, local, and tribal governments; local Workforce Development Boards; private for-project and non-profit organizations; and community organizations. In the most recent Program Year (PY) 2018, the Department of Labor announced awards to 163 grantees to support an estimated 18,000 veterans. These are one-year grants; a new set of grantees will receive PY 2019 awards.
The Department has published the sixty-day PRA notice for the HVRP impact evaluation which examines the effectiveness of the HVRP program, building evidence of HVRP's effects on participants' employment and earning-related outcomes. This evaluation will provide a better understanding of program models and variations, partnerships, and populations served. Goals of the specific data collection plan is to help the Department make informed decisions about effective ways to improve the service systems seeking to support veterans experiencing
Homelessness. The research questions to be answered by the planned data collection pertain to how HVRPs are implemented; what are the different approaches to service provision; how systems and partnerships are developed and maintained; and what the service landscape is in the absence of HVRP.
Through a notice in the August 13 Federal Register, the Department outlines the opportunity for public comment on four proposed data collection instruments that will be used in the evaluation's implementation study:
- Grantee survey
- Key informant interview guide
- Partner assessment tool
- In-depth interview guide
Comments will be due by October 13. The pre-publication version may be accessed at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-17244.pdf