Mission

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 focused 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 Future of Work.

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.

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