The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) have emphasized the focus on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in all research projects publicly funded through NIDRR (Brannon, 2010). There is now a heightened emphasis on the meaning of research findings and translating and disseminating evidence-based practices so they affect and inform practice and policy (Leahy & Arokiasamy, 2010). NIDDR and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), as the major funding sources of rehabilitation research, are working to close the gap between practice and EBP research. In a resource-limited environment, evidence of efficacy and effectiveness can help make programmatic funding decisions more rational and, hopefully, more equitable (Brannon, 2010). The current climate calls for empirical evidence to justify VR services, along with the emphasis on the development and implementation of evidence-based practices that can assist state VR programs that are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of VR service provision.
The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover emerging and promising vocational rehabilitation service delivery practices that helped improve employment outcomes of people with disabilities. The multi-stage qualitative analysis involved the selection of four high performing state VR agencies based on annual adjusted rehabilitation rates and other indicators of innovations in practice. In addition to identifying promising best practices, the study also provides a comprehensive analysis of the policies, procedures, practices and structural elements related to the provision of effective best practices to individuals with disabilities served in the four state sample of VR agencies that lead to successful employment outcomes.
This report is a comprehensive analysis of the policies, procedures, practices, and structural elements related to the provision of effective best practices that lead to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.Download the RRTC-EBP VR’s final report from Phase II