ERIC Number: EJ1165748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
A Systematic Review of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency-Based Literature
Boeltzig-Brown, Heike; Fleming, Allison R.; Heyman, Miriam; Gauthier, Martha; Cully, Julisa; Foley, Susan M.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v31 n4 p352-371 2017
Purpose: To conduct a systematic review (SR) of 550 studies produced between 1970 and 2008 that focus on programs and/or services provided by state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies believed to impact client and/or program outcomes. Method: Authors used a 5-step SR protocol to evaluate and summarize study content and outcomes, study design, and data collection methods. Results: Results indicate that the VR research base is highly varied in terms of the research focus with respect to programs and services, populations, and outcomes and that it spans across a wide range of research designs and data collection methods. Conclusions: The majority of the studies included in this review relied on administrative data, particularly Rehabilitation Services Administration data, and surveys. Only a small number of studies employed some type of experimental design, suggesting a lack of application of this type of research design. Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Vocational Rehabilitation, Literature Reviews, State Agencies, Relevance (Education), Program Descriptions, Participant Characteristics, Research Design, Data Collection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Sponsor: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (DHHS/ACL); Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: H133B070001