Stern's lead article highlights significant changes in our economy affecting the American workplace' and the role of EAPs in those changes. His article considers how such changes may influence the development of EAPs and their future, and he provides a-societal basis for understanding how EAPs and their evaluations will evolve. McClellan and Miller provide empirical data to substantiate many of the claims made' by Stern. They show how EAPs are in transition and how they have responded to changes in the workplace and in the economy. McClellan and Miller make the point that all EAPs have several universal functions which evaluators need to recognize if their evaluations are to be successful. The final article in this section, by Straussner, illustrates that despite the national growth of EAPs, upon examination of survey data in the New York Metropolitan area, it was found that in reality, EAPs serve only a very small proportion of industries, corporations and human service organizations. She further develops a comparison of in-house and contractual EAPs, and highlights issues related to them.