The central methodology of the study is application of the whichLiving 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 to apply to 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.

The Living Wage Policy Rubric consists of 20 questions. Each question is scored as being present and complete (5 points) or not present/not complete (0 points), yielding a maximum score of 100 points. There is no “partial credit” for any of the 20 questions.

The Living Wage Policy Rubric will be available when the results of Phase 1 of the Living Wage Policy Study is published.