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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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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Service planning and coordination, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

The Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Implementation Lessons from the Original Projects

Describes the implementation experiences of seven Youth Transition Demonstration projects for improving education and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.  Provides lessons for policymakers and program operators in the design and implementation of employment programs for youth

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination

Data Systems for Day and Employment Outcomes: Case Studies Across States

Research has found that high performing states in integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) have a clear and visible data collection system that includes individual outcome data.  This website provides case studies of the data collection

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Promising Practices by State Agencies: Performance Measurement, Quality Assurance, and Program Oversight

Website posts summaries of states’ uses of individual and provider level outcome data to assess progress and communicate the importance of employment.  Reports include descriptive information on data systems, the contexts in which they were developed, implementation, impact, replicable elements,

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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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High-Performing States in Integrated Employment

Highlights successful practices of states that have been identified as high performers in integrated employment for people served by ID/DD agencies.  This essay describes the common attributes of these states in the areas of having (1) clearly defined goals and

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Performance measurement and data management, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies

Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature

Findings from a review of the research literature on implementing evidence-based programs. Citation: Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., et al. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida. Link to resource

Posted in Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Training and technical assistance
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