ERIC Number: ED359725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Supported Employment Programs. Policy Research Brief.
Johnson, David R.; And Others
Policy Research Brief, v5 n2 May 93
This policy research summary outlines the paradigms and processes used in recent research and evaluation studies conducted on supported employment and rehabilitation programs in Minnesota. First, the paper reviews evaluation strategies and models for assessing the individual and societal efficacy of supported employment. It identifies key effectiveness evaluation activities such as identifying outcomes, developing a conceptual framework, specifying comparisons, and specifying outcomes and indicators. Principles of efficiency evaluation are also addressed. Second, the paper presents a case study and methodology for evaluating supported employment costs and benefits. The case study sample included 11 agencies at 13 sites in Minnesota, with 41 program options. Results are reported in terms of: consumer demographic characteristics and work activity, agency and program costs, and benefit-cost estimates. Third, the paper offers recommendations for strengthening current evaluation methods and practices as a means of improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of supported employment programs. Recommendations focus on: the importance of reaching professional consensus on desired goals and outcomes; the need for improved conceptual frameworks; and the importance of controlling for individual characteristics. (Contains 44 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Agencies, Case Studies, Cost Effectiveness, Disabilities, Efficiency, Evaluation Methods, Models, Policy Formation, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Supported Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota 109, Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($1).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Training Center on Residential Services and Community Living.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota