In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities. Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate. Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.
Winsor, J. E., Butterworth, J., et al. (2011). “Jobs by 21 Partnership Project: Impact of Cross-System Collaboration on Employment Outcomes of Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities.” Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 49(4): 274-284.