Rigorous Answers to Critical Program and Policy Questions
Sep 1, 2023
Actus has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract by the Chief Evaluation Office of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Actus qualifies for Program Evaluation subgroup status under GSA schedule.
Mar 1, 2023
Final results of the quasi-experimental impact study of the PowerCorpsPHL program shows the skills-based training helped disconnected young adults in Philadelphia improve their employment outcomes.
Jul 1, 2022
Actus is awarded a three-year study by the Colorado Workforce Development Council to conduct an implementation and outcomes assessment of the Colorado Workforce Innovation Act HB21-1264 initiative.
Actus Policy Research (Actus) is an independent research organization dedicated to providing research and program evaluation services to U.S. Federal and state government agencies, non-profit and community-based organizations, educational institutions, and Federal grantees.
Our strategy for successfully serving our clients is simple:
First, we pursue projects our experts are passionate about and personally dedicate ourselves to the successful implementation of each one. We approach each project with fresh eyes, working closely with our clients to efficiently and effectively develop the best solutions to address specific project needs.
Second, our flexible operational model reduces "budget bulge" by prioritizing our most valuable resource - our researchers - over excessive organizational and operational structures. So, compared with the industry standard, our experts can spend more time on projects to ensure the delivery of top-notch research and evaluation services.
Research and Evaluation Services
Our researchers bring substantial expertise in developing randomized controlled trial (RCT) and quasi-experimental impact studies of labor market and social policy interventions. Currently, we are using RCT methods to assess the impacts of job-search assistance programs targeting unemployment insurance (UI) recipients in five states, and quasi- experimental methods to estimate the impacts of programs providing training to youth workers in the green energy sector. Our experts' prior work includes national RCT impact studies of job-search assistance, entrepreneurship training, and employer inspection programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as quasi-experimental impact studies of vocational training, educational, and welfare programs funded by state government agendies and private organizations across the United States.
Our researchers bring substantial experience in developing white papers and literature reviews to guide policymaker decisions to adopt new social policies or modify existing policies. Our work includes papers, policy briefs, and book chapters on unemployment insurance and vocational training, entrepreneurship, juvenile delinquency, food assistance, and welfare policy. Our work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Justice, among others.
Implementation and Outcomes Assessment
Actus researchers have conducted dozens of implementation and outcomes assessment studies, providing valuable insights on program processes and performance. These studies often identify the program's theories of change, assess its efficacy in reaching target populations, identify performance indicators and monitor performance and activities, and identify best practices and lessons learned. Currently, Actus is assessing the performance of 60+ grantee programs in Colorado and conducting implementation studies to support five large-scale RCT impact studies of job search assistance programs in five states. Our team's past work incudes similar studies of the Social Innovataion Fund and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program in 12 states.
Research and Analysis
With years of experience, our staff provides expert support to policymakers and practitioners to develop, monitor, and evaluate social policy interventions. We develop and administer surveys, create management information systems to monitor program activities, collect and analyze administrative data to inform program operations, conduct interviews and focus groups to obtain information about program implementation and participant experiences, help program stakeholders identify program best practices, develop indicators of program success, and provide continuous feedback to improve program design and efficacy.