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An Introduction to Theory of Change

Explains how examining assumptions about the change process needed to attain goals is important in planning and evaluating change initiatives. Citation: Anderson, A. An Introduction to Theory of Change. The Evaluation Exchange, 2005. XI(2). Link to resource

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Employment Data Systems: Washington State’s Division of Developmental Disabilities

Describes the employment data systems of Washington State in which data on employment outcomes is incorporated into billing and reporting data.   Essay describes the design of the data system, the data elements that are collected, who data is collected on,

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Employment Data Systems: Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Describes the Florida Supported Employment Tracking System developed to monitor progress towards reaching employment goals for people with ID/DD.  Essay describes system goals, the design of the data system, the data elements that are collected, the degree to which the

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Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a high performer in the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  The report describes the

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Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado’s State Division of Developmental Services

This report identifies factors that led to Colorado’s success in helping people with ID/DD achieve integrated employment, followed by changes that led to a decline, and initiatives subsequently put into place to improve attainment of integrated employment for this population. 

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Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in Washington State

Washington State is recognized as a high performer in integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  It details five

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Colorado’s Ad Hoc Committee on Employment and Community Participation

Describes 2004 collaborative initiative in Colorado to promote the integrated employment of people with disabilities.  Participants included representatives from the Colorado Division for Developmental Disabilities administration, the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, nonprofit organizations responsible for authorizing services, advocacy groups,

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Employment First Resource List

The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a membership organization sponsored by the Institute for Community Inclusion and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services that brings together state DD agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance

Posted in National level resources, Strategic goals and operating policies

Data Systems and Decision-Making: State ID/DD Agencies and Their Employment Data Collection Systems

Research has found that high performing states in integrated employment generally have a clear and visible data collection system that includes individual outcome data.  This essay offers a qualitative, in-depth look into how employment data is collected and used throughout

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Promising Practices by State Agencies: Implementation of Priority Policy Goals

Website contains descriptive summaries of state ID/DD agency regulations, mission or goal statements around employment and activities related to the achievement of those goals.  Summaries include descriptions of goals, contexts that supported their development, organizational features promoting their implementation, impacts

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