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Reconnecting Youth: Evidence Gap Map

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Louisa Treskon, Vanessa Sacks, and Jan DeCoursey

Evidence Gap Map: Research Report and Overview
The Reconnecting Youth evidence gap map report aims to systematically summarize the available evidence about the practices used by programs in the United States to support young people who experience disconnection from school and work during their transition to adulthood. The evidence gap map provides information about what evidence exists and insights into where there are opportunities to build evidence.

Evidence Gap Map: Online Tool
The evidence gap map focuses on programs targeting education and employment outcomes that serve young people who meet the eligibility criteria for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Out-of-School-eligible youth (WIOA OSY) program, and were published between 2010 and 2021. The map contains 60 studies, and includes experimental designs, outcome studies, qualitative studies, and cost studies.

You can use the online, interactive evidence gap map tool to identify studies that described specific practices or measured certain outcomes. By looking at the map, users can identify areas where there are many studies and areas where there are few or no studies. The evidence gap map does not include information about the findings from the studies or the quality of the studies.

You can access the Evidence Gap Map on

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