Since the beginning of the US Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Initiative, IMPAQ International has been at the forefront of studying its effectiveness. In our first study, conducted between 2005 and 2008, we examined the effect of the initiative’s early implementation.
Our 2011 follow-up study of the impacts of the REA initiative in four states showed that Nevada’s strong integration of REA services with reemployment services for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants led to greater impacts than the REA initiatives in Florida, Idaho, and Illinois.
When the 2011 study was completed, USDOL asked IMPAQ International to conduct a more in-depth analysis of the Nevada’s REA Initiative to understand possible explanations for Nevada’s significantly larger impacts.
This third study focused on whether the Nevada REA Initiative led to UI Trust Fund savings and whether those savings exceeded program costs, as well as on identifying program effects on employment and earnings over a longer follow-up period. While our analyses did not test for impacts of reemployment services separately, it reaffirmed the findings of the second study. The REA initiative in Nevada was, indeed, effective in leading to UI Trust Fund savings that exceeded initiative costs and in helping participants to improve their reemployment outcomes.