The Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is a nonprofit research organization based in Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. EERC’s research and evaluation examines the intersection between education and work with the goal of being an evidence-based resource for policy and practice. Our work focuses on issues of equity and quality in education and training for students and workers, the institutions that serve them, and the broader economy, in the context of the changing labor market associated with the future of work.

1/3 of your life podcast ft. Michelle Van Noy
1/3 of your life podcast ft. Michelle Van Noy
EERC Director Michelle Van Noy featured on the Third of Your Life Podcast to discuss nondegree credentials
NCRN Conference
NCRN Conference
Register for the NCRN Spring Conference in Washington D.C.!
Community College Webinar Series Web. 5
Community College Webinar Series Web. 5
Lessons from Guided Pathways: Removing obstacles and clarifying pathways in the post-pandemic recovery

Community College Webinar Series: Webinar #5

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Image of All In Podcast
Listen to Senior Researcher Daniel Douglas on the Innovations in Education podcast

Daniel Douglas, a senior researcher for the EERC, was recently featured on the Innovations in Education podcast to discuss how to navigate the world of microcredentials.


Areas of Focus

Student Choices and Pathways


Noncredit Education and Non-Degree Credentials


STEM and Technician Education


Community College Innovation


Education and Labor Market Connections

Our Research and Evaluation Approach 

We collaboratively work on research and evaluation projects with a wide range of education, government, philanthropy, business and workforce development partners from across the country.

Research Approach

Our research approach is grounded in a deep understanding of theoretically-based disciplines, applied-research and practice-oriented fields. We apply this knowledge base to our work to generate informed and rigorous analysis of current issues at the intersection of education and employment, bridging the divide between theory and practice, grounded by a commitment to promoting quality and equity in education. We work closely with our research partners to ensure our research is immediately relevant to policy and practice. Our team comes from a wide variety of disciplines, including public policy, political science, sociology, social work, and education. This gives us multiple perspectives on our research projects and a vast array of expertise to guide us in our work.

Evaluation Approach

Our evaluation approach takes into account the complexity of policy and program implementation. We use flexible strategies when conducting evaluations to ensure that the process supports and informs project work and develops as projects change. Our evaluation process includes posing evaluative questions, applying evaluative logic, and gathering real-time data to inform ongoing decision making and adaptations as the project progresses.