ERIC Number: ED220681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Research Utilization Laboratory in a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center. Final Report.
Robinault, Isabel P.; Weisinger, Marvin
The ICD Research Utilization Laboratory (ICD-RUL) at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. acted as a facilitator for improving management practices of supervisors of vocationally impaired populations. Over a 10-year span, ICD-RUL developed two National Information Centers for disabled public assistance recipients and program evaluation; innovative service delivery models; and responses to national utilization needs within the areas of its proficiencies. Activities included the collection of manuals and newsletters, monographs, and responses to issues raised by federal and state agency personnel and their support facilities. Training seminars in vocational rehabilitation and on implementation of service delivery models were conducted. During the latter part of its 10th year, ICD-RUL contributed input on knowledge dissemination for the Long-Range Research Priorities Plan (1980) of the National Institute of Handicapped Research. Recommendations stemming from the project include the following: (1) a viable national utilization network should be established to offer more resources to rehabilitation personnel; (2) change agents in an RUL can quickly fill information or procedural gaps; (3) training seminars should be built into the funding of an RUL to ensure wider use of information; and (4) a utilization unit should offer options to its users, not solutions, with users having the final choice of what best fits their programs. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Crippled and Disabled, New York, NY. Research Utilization Lab.