ERIC Number: ED390187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Constituents Make the Difference: Improving the Value of Rehabilitation Research.
Menz, Fredrick E.
The participatory research model used by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is discussed, with a focus on the value added to the research process and relevance of research applications when research is rehabilitation-need based and the research-to-applications process model is used. Information is included on: what makes the Center work setting unusual for participatory approaches, how the participatory model came about at the Center, the two components of the model, constituencies and constituent involvement, relevance and involvement in the stages of research-to-applications, three examples from the Center's use of the model, guidance for making participatory models work, and some of the promises and potential pitfalls of participatory models. The three examples of the model's use involve community-based rehabilitation needs of American Indians residing on reservations, development of a vocational assessment protocol for use with persons with traumatic brain injuries, and development of a state rehabilitation plan for Ohio. (Contains 16 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Action Research, Disabilities, Models, Participatory Research, Rehabilitation Centers, Research and Development, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Rehabilitation
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Community Based Rehabilitation Programs, Menomonie, WI 54751-0798 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs.