Acumen, LLC has extensive knowledge and experience in policy analysis and program assessment in the areas of employment, workforce development, and compensation, and has undertaken projects on behalf of county, state, and federal government agencies, as well for foundations, public policy organizations, and business associations. This research includes in-depth workforce studies of some of the state's unique and regionally concentrated industries, such as tracking the outcomes of laid-off tech workers in Silicon Valley's high tech industry and profiling the employment dynamics of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Acumen's proven expertise in comprehensive public assistance program evaluations and program development includes devising alternative means of assessing eligibility for unemployment insurance and developing training programs for public and private workforce professionals. In the area of compensation, Acumen has projected the impact of California's increased minimum wage on low-income families and has formulated industry specific compensation surveys. Acumen staff have a rich background in workforce policy issues, including disabilities and employment, job mobility and training, unemployment insurance, and total compensation.