ThinkWork State-of-the-Science (SoS) 2017

Defining the employment research agenda

Welcome to our State-of–the Science webpage!

The RRTC on Advancing Employment for People with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, is convening a State-of-the-Science initiative. Towards that end, we are hosting a variety of listening sessions, both in-person and online, with multiple stakeholders, to share findings and gather feedback on what we know, what more we need to learn, and where we are headed.

Our partners in this initiative include The Arc U.S., Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the University of Minnesota, and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). This effort represents a deliberate attempt to involve multiple stakeholders in agenda-setting that will inform the course of future research and promote the knowledge translation that is necessary to move research findings into everyday practice.

Defining the Employment Research Agenda

This fall, we're sharing research about how to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We want you to join the discussion! Join us here for our State of the Science Online events. You can also follow highlights using #TWSoS2017 on Twitter and Facebook

 
For an introduction to our work, you can view the introductory presentation from our 44 event series here.

SoS Themes and Working Papers

Our menu of events will be based on three themes that capture the essence of our work to advance employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Below you can find short audio presentations of the findings, brief and accessible language papers, and an invitation to join us through our online Idea Scale events.


State of the Science on IdeaScale

Join us for a our online State of the Science IdeaScale events to discuss these topics- register here. Below you can find short audio presentations of the findings, brief and accessible language papers, and an invitation to join us through our online Idea Scale events.


Meaningful engagement and involvement of individuals and families (#EngagingFamiliesTW)

Introductory video

 

Engaging Families Accessible Language Version 
Engaging Families Brief Version

Provider staff and agency capacity to deliver quality services (#OrgTransformationTW)

Introductory video

 

 

Organizational capacity (focusing on community employment providers) Accessible Language Version

Organizational capacity (focusing on community employment providers) Brief Version


State policy and practices to support the efforts above (#EmploymentPolicyTW)

Introductory video

 

State Policies that Promote Employment  - Accessible Language Version

State Policies that Promote Employment - Brief Version


Additional Resources

Follow the State of the Science using #TWSoS2017 on Twitter and Facebook

Questions?

Allison Cohen Hall, Project Director, RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with IDD

Delivering the most effective employment supports: Organizational design and capacity building

Download the brief here. This brief aims to share information learned from two studies: 1) interviews with employment consultants; and 2) a Delphi process to determine what characteristics are most critical for organizational transformation from facility-based to community-based integrated employment for people with IDD. The relationship between study findings will be explored and a relational model will be introduced.