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State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success – South Carolina

This brief describes how the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) uses the Guideposts framework to define, develop and track its youth transition services and programs throughout the state.  In a demonstration project funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, SCVRD

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Posted in Interagency collaboration and partnership, Memorandums of Understanding, Performance measurement and data management, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

Road to Reform

This report describes New York State’s reform initiative to achieve a system-wide transformation in its treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Goals include achieving more person-centered service planning and improving personal and system-wide outcomes, with individuals living in the most

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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Performance measurement and data management, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Strategic goals and operating policies

Transition Services for Students Aged 18-21 with Intellectual Disabilities in College and Community Settings: Models and Implications of Success

This article provides an overview of types of IDEA-funded and LEA-administered transition programs for older students with intellectual disability, aged 18 – 21, on college campuses.  It provides an in-depth description of one program administered by the Baltimore City Public

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Post-secondary Education, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools, Youth development and leadership

Scaling-up Brief: Readiness for Change

Disusses variables a leadership team can consider in determining and creating readiness to invest in scaling up an innovation. Citation: Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K. A., et al. (2009). “Scaling-up Brief: Readiness for Change.” State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based

Posted in Leadership, Performance measurement and data management

Pushing the Employment Agenda: Case Study Research of High Performing States in Integrated Employment

This article summarizes the methods and findings of a study examining organizational factors leading to high state performance in achieving integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Strategies such as flexibility, communicating values through data, rewards, funding incentives,

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Employment outcome data, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

Employment Data Systems: New Hampshire’s Bureau of Developmental Services

Describes the development of the New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services employment data collection system.  Essay describes design of the data system, the data elements that are collected, who data is collected on, the frequency of data collection, the degree

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Performance measurement and data management

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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Student Assessment and Evaluation

Provides a framework for assessing the transition needs of students with disabilities leaving high school as well as use of data to evaluate, plan and adjust transition programming. Citation: Thurlow, M. and J. Elliott (1998). Student Assessment and Evaluation. Beyond

Posted in Performance measurement and data management, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

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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