Research, Evaluation, and Analytics

At a Glance

The stakes are high for programs and policies that look to transform our systems of working and learning. You need to ask the right questions, collect the right data, and make the right analyses to know what works and what to do. JFF’s Research & Analytics Unit combines deep field knowledge with rigorous and systematic inquiry to create strong evidence that can be put into action.






Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Meeting Employer Needs
  • Preparing for the Future of Work
In progress
  • Boston, MA

Our Research, Evaluation and Analytics Work

JFF’s research, evaluation and analytic services are shaped by our deep connections to system leaders and on the ground changemakers in the worlds of work and learning. If you are working to improve the economic and educational opportunities for low-income youth and adults, we have the skills and expertise to rigorously inquire, build knowledge, and communicate evidence towards that change.

JFF’s research, evaluation and analytics services build on 35 years of field leading work in high-impact model design, technical assistance, peer learning, dissemination, policy analysis, and professional collaboration services for projects that promote educational and economic opportunity. Our team of researchers, evaluators and analysts draw from this accumulated expertise to provide services that are especially sensitive and nuanced to field actors.

Our Research & Analytics Work

JFF’s research, evaluation and analytics experts bring a diverse toolkit of methods and subject matter expertise. Here are some of the ways we can work with you:

Labor Market Information

JFF leverages real-time labor market information to inform program and policy development and increase the responsiveness of education and workforce systems to changing employer needs.

Consulting for Research & Evaluation Design

JFF collaborates to develop logic models and theories of change, establish measurable goals and performance indicators, and develop research designs and data collection systems towards individual, institutional and systems change.

Program Evaluation

JFF provides insights that shed light on the development, implementation and impact of programs and policies that support economic mobility.

Topical Research

JFF conducts literature reviews, landscape analyses and policy scans to shed light on current practice and policy related to secondary education, post-secondary education, adult education and workforce development, as well as industry employer trends.

Research to Advance the Field

JFF offers a unique perspective and broad field networks to our research partners as we deepen the field's understanding of how to help diverse populations achieve their educational and economic goals.

Our Team

Two thirds of JFF’s staff advanced credentials in fields such as public policy, education, business, psychology, and economics. Over two dozen of these individuals actively lead and participate in JFF’s research, evaluation and analytics work. Let us bring our knowledge assets to you.