CLEAR uses a streamlined, rapid evidence review process to summarize existing and emerging evidence on trending research topics.
Rapid Review Synthesis Reports
Rapid review synthesis reports look at the research evidence across studies within a topic area. They also highlight gaps in the literature, and suggest areas in which further research is needed.
- Equitable Recovery
The rapid evidence review summarizes strategies governments and businesses can use to support a more equitable labor market recovery: education and training interventions, employment supports and other supportive services, supports for small businesses, and place-based interventions. It also includes ways to measure equitable recovery that have been or could be used to assess recovery among women, BIPOC, and other marginalized groups.
- Remote Postsecondary Education
This review summarizes emerging evidence on technology-based or distance learning that can inform efforts to provide remote postsecondary education.
- Worker health and safety during COVID-19
This rapid evidence review summarizes strategies employers can use to protect workers’ health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Emergency employee retention strategies in response to COVID-19
This rapid evidence review summarizes three strategies governments and businesses can use to retain employees during economic downturns: work share or short-time compensation, furlough, and employment protection programs.
- Emergency return-to-work strategies in response to COVID-19
This rapid evidence review summarizes the evidence on relevant programs and potentially promising strategies for helping unemployed individuals engage in job search and return to work. Most of the evidence comes from government programs and policies following the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.
- Strategies from the Great Recession to support employment
This rapid evidence review summarizes strategies for creating jobs and increasing employment implemented in response to the Great Recession. Evaluated strategies include infrastructure investments, fiscal stimulus, unemployment compensation, reemployment programs, subsidized employment, apprenticeship programs, and self-employment supports.
- Emergency response strategies in past pandemics
This rapid evidence review summarizes existing evidence on programs and strategies intended to promote reemployment and job retention or to encourage health and safety practices in response to previous pandemics in other countries.
- Remote compliance assistance and enforcement strategies
This rapid evidence review summarizes three strategies regulatory agencies might use to support employers and workers when in-person inspections may not be preferable or possible: targeted enforcement, compliance assistance, and self-monitoring programs.
- Remote service delivery strategies
This rapid review summarizes research on two strategies for remote employment service delivery: distance one-on-one interactions by telephone or videoconference and self-service and group-based resources. It also discusses how workforce agencies have provided employment services remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and equity considerations related to remote service delivery.