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Project Profile

Assessing and Evaluating the Defense Industry Adjustment Program

Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Aug 2019

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and EntreWorks Consulting will provide technical assistance for the OEA by assessing and evaluating the design and effects of Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program and the assistance that its grantees provide to defense-dependent communities, workers, and businesses.

CREC and EntreWorks will work closely with OEA management and personnel to develop jointly an evaluation effort that integrates program monitoring, technical assistance, training, and program assessment activities.  This rigorous evaluation effort will demonstrate how investments are achieving DIA program goals through the collection of high quality quantitative and qualitative evidence about program impacts.

Through these efforts, CREC and EntreWorks seek to (1) better understand the impact the DIA program has made on the states and regions that have received funding; (2) assess how impacts differ between program recipients given the various uses of funds and stated program objectives; and (3) collect more information to help tell the story of OEA’s DIA program impacts.

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About the Client

Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)

OEA is the DoD’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local governments to respond to major defense program changes.