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Evaluating Efforts to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Session Number: DOVP1
Track: Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations
Session Type: Multipaper
Session Chair: AEA Administrator [American Evaluation Association]
Presenter 1: Kay Magill [IMPAQ International]
Presenter 2: Douglas Klayman [Social Dynamics, LLC]
Presenter 3: Kathleen McAuliff [DePaul University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Linda Toms Barker [Principal Research Associate - IMPAQ International]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Anne Chamberlain [Senior Research Associate - IMPAQ International]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Teserach Ketema [Office of Disability Employment Policy]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Robert Bleimann [Social Dynamics, LLC]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Christopher B. Keys [DePaul University]
Time: Nov 13, 2015 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
Room: Haymarket

Abstract 1 Title: Getting it Right—A Rigorous Assessment of the Accessibility of the Public Workforce System
Presentation Abstract 1: This session focuses on a nationwide evaluation of the accessibility of the public workforce system to individuals with disabilities, in which the evaluators successfully developed and advocated for a study design that goes beyond typical survey data collection to ensure more accurate and meaningful results. The evaluators made the case to the federal government to make a large investment (two-person site visits, focus groups with customers, and on-site architectural assessments at 100 randomly selected sites) to turn a brief online survey into a rigorous study. This study offers important implications for evaluation practice and provides encouragement to the audience of evaluators to strongly advocate for studies based on sound methods, even if they require a more substantial investment than the client initially proposed to make.
Abstract 2 Title: Implementation and Outcomes—Findings from the National Disability Employment Initiative Evaluation Rounds 1-4
Presentation Abstract 2: The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy to effect system change in 26 states. The goal of the DEI is to improve access to educational, training, and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The DEI Evaluation involves random assignment of Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) to pilot and comparison groups, implementation and outcome analyses. This paper will describe how the evaluation design responds to the request to measure program outcomes in a complex systems-change initiative. Progress over four years with multi-level stakeholder buy-in, site visits, interviews and focus-groups instrumentation will be part of the review of this unique evaluation. Implementation and outcome analyses of Rounds 1-4 grantees will be presented.
Abstract 3 Title: Implementing and Evaluating an IPS Employment Model for Individuals with MI and DD—How Can We Navigate Uncharted Waters?
Presentation Abstract 3: Individualized Placement Supports (IPS) is an evidence-based competitive employment program from Dartmouth Psychiatric Institute for individuals dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders that focuses on client choice, community integration, and integrated supports. In 2013, an agency serving adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness became one of the first ever to be awarded funding and implement IPS for young adults with this particular dual diagnosis (MI and DD). In the past two years, this agency has faced challenges implementing the program, including significant program staff changes, reaching fidelity to implementation with criteria based on an MI and SUD population for an MI and DD population, employing clients with limited to no previous work experience, and changing agency culture. The evaluator will discuss her dual roles in supporting the program through staff changes, promoting fidelity to program guidelines and conducting an evaluation with a new population.
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Evaluating Efforts to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

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