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Save the Date – Summit Conference 2019 – September 4 – 6, 2019. Portland, Maine.

We hope to see you next year in Portland, Maine, as we continue our collaboration on performance management and quality assurance in vocational rehabilitation. Summit Conference 2019 will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, set along the shores of Casco Bay in downtown Portland. While there, explore Portland’s unique beauty, heritage, and culture: Just steps away from …

Download the Conference Mobile App!

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to download the Summit Conference event app! Our app will make the conference more valuable and enjoyable for you. When you download the app, you’ll be able to: For fun, play the app Game to earn points for doing things you already want to do, like exploring the schedule and networking with …

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Registration Is Now Open! Join Us in Oklahoma City for Summit Conference 2018

Join us in our commitment to improve performance management and quality assurance in the state vocational rehabilitation system. Together, we’ll achieve excellence in providing services to people with disabilities that result in quality employment outcomes. Conference attendees will: CRC and LPC continuing education credits will be available for conference sessions. Studies have shown that people with higher levels of hope …

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VR Agency Best Practices: Paving the Way for Increased Competitive Employment

These are just a few of the best practices used by VR agencies that result in increased competitive employment for consumers. In a recent study, researchers identified 29 best practices that promote successful employment outcomes. They found that agencies that use at least some of the identified promising best practices shift focus from process to consumer needs and cultivate an …

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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 …

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Evidence-Based Practice Counselor Toolkit

Use this toolkit to learn what evidence-based practice is, why it’s important in vocational rehabilitation, and how to apply it to your practice. You’ll find instruction on the use of seven evidence-based practices, including: This toolkit was developed specifically for VR Counselors working to improve employment, and quality of employment, outcomes of people with disabilities. It is based on research …

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PEQA Featured in the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials Newsletter

PEQA assists State VR agencies to improve performance management by building their capacity to carry out high-quality program evaluation and quality assurance practices that promote continuous program improvement. NCRTM’s newsletter article highlights some of PEQA’s key activities: Visit NCRTM to read the full article and learn more about how PEQA can support you to improve your agency’s program evaluation and quality …

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Explore Oklahoma City’s National Memorial Museum with Us!

While at the conference, explore OKC’s National Memorial Museum with friends and colleagues. You’ll experience the story of the Oklahoma City Bombing through exhibits and recorded narratives from victims’ family members, survivors, rescue workers and others. The story is presented in ten chapters, beginning in Oklahoma City the morning of the bombing, the moments immediately following the blast, through the …

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Online VR Program Evaluation Coach: Analyzing Your Data

The VR Program Evaluation Coach is a powerful tool. It helps you analyze your own data to evaluate your agency’s services and answer important questions such as: Watch a demonstration to learn how this tool can work for you. 1 CRC and 0.1 CEU is available to those who complete the training evaluation form. VR professionals from across the country …

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Key Data Points: National Vocational Rehabilitation Services

A new infographic is available that highlights key data points for the national Vocational Rehabilitation program. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) recently developed this. This informative infographic gives you general information about the national Vocational Rehabilitation program, as well as: RSA is interested in your feedback on this infographic. If you have comments or ideas for future infographics or data …

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Call for Proposals!

The Program Content Team for the 11th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence invites you to submit a proposal to present at this year’s Summit. All submissions are due by midnight EST on April 20th, 2018. Share with VR program evaluation and quality assurance professionals: Submit your proposal with our easy online process! Contact us or visit the Conference website.

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How Attachment Style, Social Support, and Coping Affects Happiness

Approximately 19%, or 56.7 million, of people in the United States have a disability that affects how they function in their daily activities. These individuals’ attachment styles, approaches to coping, and levels and types of social support are indicators of how well they will positively adjust to disability. This research examined how these indicators correlate with happiness in a sample …

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Hope and Rehabilitation Counseling: Measuring, Building and Nurturing Goals

Often in rehabilitation counseling it’s difficult to understand why one person has successful outcomes while another one does not. Many factors contribute to individual outcomes; however, people with higher hope have been shown to adjust better to disability and the challenges that come with it.  Since goals are what drive hope, and identifying and reaching goals are a key component …

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation: How to Become Savvy Evaluation Consumers

The Kellogg Foundation just released a new resource that may be helpful in your work: The Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluation: How to Become Savvy Evaluation Consumers. It provides guidance for establishing consistent methods, options for articulating activities, and information on establishing effective measurement frameworks and creating actionable reports and presentations. You’ll learn:

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Quality of Life: A Better Measure?

The International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model can help us understand how vocational rehabilitation (VR) consumers experience disability and chronic illness in all areas of their lives, according to recent research. It can be used to better capture and measure the relationship between employment and quality of life, and serve as a guide for counselors in providing for more targeted …

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WIOA Performance Accountability for VR Programs

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 …