Impact Evaluations of Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gaps

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Programs designed to combat child labor store information on the social and economic services they provide their participants and beneficiaries. These data allow the outputs associated with improving service delivery, livelihoods, education access, and awareness to be measured effectively.

As part of the Closing the Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gaps: Impact Evaluations, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (DOL/ILAB), IMPAQ conducted five randomized controlled trial evaluations of programs to reduce child labor. (IMPAQ was acquired by AIR in 2020.) These evaluations focused on the worst forms of child labor (including hazardous child labor).

Our Evaluations

Our evaluation addressed a number of questions, including whether:

  1. Making education more accessible leads to a decrease in these forms of child labor;
  2. There is a difference in the effectiveness of services for population sub-groups; and
  3. There are synergies between policies that reduce child labor supply and those that reduce child labor demand.