The central methodology of the study is application of the Just Employment Policy Assessment (previously Living Wage Policy Rubric), which is based on the Model Just Employment Policy published by the Harrison Institute for Public Law in conjunction with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. These evaluations are combined with interviews with Chief HR Officers and institutional data for various phases of the Study, as described here.

Originally named the Jesuit Just Employment Policy, the Model Just Employment Policy was updated so it could be more readily applied by any and all Catholic institutions. A close review of the specifics of the Model Just Employment Policy suggests that any private or public institution could adapt the model to their institution’s mission and context.

The Just Employment Policy Assessment consists of 24 questions that can each be answered with a “yes” or “no” response (questions may be “not applicable” if an institution does not have any unionized employees or ongoing service contractors). Each question carries equal weight; the JEPA score is the percentage of applicable questions answered “Yes” – a scoring process which facilitates comparisons between institutions independent of the presence of unions or contractors.

The Living Wage Policy Rubric/Just Employment Policy Assessment will be available when the results of Phase 1 of the Living Wage Policy Study are published.