This evaluation assessed states’ decisions to adopt unemployment compensation provisions that expanded eligibility and/or the generosity of benefits. It also provided insights into who made use of the additional weeks of unemployment benefits available during the recession, and how they fared.
- Primary (qualitative and quantitative) and secondary data collection
- Performance management
- Training and technical assistance
- Institutional review boards
- Care Delivery Systems
- Training and Re-employment
- Unemployment Insurance
- Human Services
Grace Roemer specializes in primary and secondary data collection, as well as federal performance reporting systems. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to state and grantee-run health and human services programs. Ms. Roemer is Mathematica's institutional review board liaison and oversees the professional development of survey research staff.
Roemer, who joined Mathematica in 1995, is currently leading evaluations of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, which aims to increase nurse faculty capacity in New Jersey, and the Army UCX Claimants Initiative, which was designed to foster innovative approaches to outreach and workforce service delivery to unemployed veterans. Both studies use qualitative and quantitative methods. She is the training and technical assistance task lead for the FaMLE Cross-site Study, assisting in the development and implementation of a performance measures system to be used by 90 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees. Roemer has previously directed evaluations of veterans' priority of service in the workforce system and veterans' mental health treatment programs, and led administrative data collection and development of performance measures systems on numerous studies for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Roemer holds a master's degree in urban planning from Columbia University. She is a certified quality auditor from the American Society for Quality and a certified planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of ARRA
Does Priority of Service for Veterans Reduce Unemployment? Priority of Service Provision Under the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002
The U.S. Department of Labor funds workforce development programs to help reduce unemployment among veterans. Mathematica examined the implementation of priority of service provisions in seven American Job Centers.
Helping Veterans Search for Work: Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers' Claimants Evaluation
The rise in the number of veterans receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers and the cost of this program have led to an initiative to support improved outreach and services. We evaluated projects in four states.
Unemployment Insurance Exhaustees Study
This study examines workers who collected unemployment insurance during and just after the Great Recession, when benefits entitlements increased from 26 to 99 weeks. It describes characteristics and experiences of workers who exhausted available benefits and how they fared after exhaustion.
She Served: Policy Research Roundtable on Women Veterans
Sheena McConnell and Grace Roemer are participating in "She Served: Policy Research Roundtable on Women Veterans," sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.