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WIOA Performance Accountability for Vocational Rehabilitation Programs – Training Now Available

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed a training series on performance accountability requirements and key terms defined in Section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), their relationship to the RSA-911 data elements, and how to calculate these indicators. Seven independent, on-demand modules are available. They provide information on the key terms outlined in section 116 of …

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Join Us! Summit Conference 2017 – Moving Ahead Together

September 5th – 7th, 2017 Join us at the 10th Annual Summit on Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation in beautiful, downtown Omaha, NE. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Summit Group – come help us celebrate! This conference is for Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluators and anyone interested in the improvement of performance management within state vocational rehabilitation agencies. …

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Proposals Under Review! Summit Conference 2017 – Moving Ahead Together

September 5th – 7th, 2017 The Call for Proposals closed on June 19, 2017. We hope to see you in Omaha, NE for the Summit Conference 2017. Let’s move ahead, together! The accepted proposals will present at the 10th Annual Summit on Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation. We encouraged submissions from program evaluation and quality improvement practitioners, program directors, data …

Researchers Can Help VR Counselors Use Evidence-Based Practices

What do vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors need to help them better find, understand, and use evidence-based practices (EBP) when helping people with disabilities meet their employment goals? In 2012, the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Evidence-Based Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) conducted a study to learn what VR counselors need to better implement EBP into their rehabilitation plans. …

Vocational Rehabilitation Practices that Improve Employment Outcomes

Rehabilitation professionals working in the state-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) system provide services they believe will best help people with disabilities find and keep quality employment.  Often, their belief that the services they provide will help their consumers is based on personal experience, guidance from more experienced service providers, or directives from their agency. Now vocational rehabilitation professionals don’t have to …

Data Tells a Story: RSA-911 Insights

Find out more about the latest research and analysis of RSA-911 Data: Guiding VR Counselors to Improved Employment Outcomes… State-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies provide rehabilitation services to about a half a million people each year. And each year, VR agencies provide the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) with data (RSA-911 data) on all closed cases. The information reported includes consumer …

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Matching Your Message to People and Purpose: Knowledge Translation Strategies

What are some of the best, most effective ways of sharing information to promote the use of evidence-based practices? The answer to this question is: “it depends.” Before deciding how to communicate information, you have to know who is it for and how they are likely to use it. This is the key to knowledge translation. It’s about changing the …

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Evidence-Based Practice Toolkit for VR Counselors

We can all use a little help staying current with the most effective practices in working with people with disabilities in achieving their work goals. Most of us may not have time to stay informed on all of the latest research and best strategies. That’s where knowledge translation comes in. Knowledge Translation means taking the latest research – especially proven, …

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PEQA: Activity Updates

The first cohort of the PEQA Certification on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance began their PEQA experience on October 1, 2016. The cohort is made up of ten staff members from state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs across the nation. They’re moving forward in learning the PEQA program content through online discussion board activities, quizzes, and self-guided learning opportunities. …

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Applications Now Being Accepted for PEQATAC Spring Certification Program

The Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQA) is accepting applications for the Spring 2017 training certification program for VR program evaluators. With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the amendments of the Rehabilitation Act, state VR Agencies are encouraged to adopt initiatives that will improve the quality of employment outcomes for people …

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Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program assists states in identifying and addressing changes in state policies, funding models, and practices to increase access to and outcomes associated with competitive integrated employment. This initiative is based on two important concepts: A framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are …

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The Summit Group: Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation

we are better off together than going it alone and With this in mind, the Summit Group collaborates with PEQA to improve communication, exchange information, and provide training for program evaluators. In September of 2016, the Summit Group held their annual conference, where the first cohort seeking Certification on VR Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance met to kick off the …

PEQA Training Cohort Kickoff

As part of the 2016 Annual Summit on Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation, on September 9, 2016 in Richmond Virginia, the first cohort of participants in the Program Evaluation & Quality Assurance (PEQA) Technical Assistance Center (PEQATAC) Certification. The PEQATAC has developed a one-year certification program Certification on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance that will result in increasing …

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PEQATAC Launches Certification Program on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance

PEQA Launches Certification Program: With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the amendments of the Rehabilitation Act, state VR Agencies are encouraged to adopt initiatives that will improve the quality of employment outcomes for people with disabilities to facilitate entry to the middle class. To achieve these goals, state VR agencies must transform their business …

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Motivational Interviewing Strategies

Are you looking for hands-on examples and strategies on how to incorporate motivational interview techniques into your VR practices? State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are continuing to adopt motivational interviewing as a technique for engaging with clients. This goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style makes exploring change less stressful and leads to more successful outcomes. What we have learned from Motivational Interviewing …

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Effective Youth Transition Practices

What are the current best practices for working with youth in transition? New studies outline five areas of practice to consider. State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are in a unique position to help youth transition from school to work. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) requires that state VR agencies coordinate with their state’s education agency to outline their respective roles …