U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Projects with Industry Program (PWI)

Goal 8: To facilitate the establishment of partnerships between rehabilitation service providers and business and industry in order to create and expand employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Objective 1 of 2: ENSURE THAT PWI SERVICES (THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY) RESULT IN COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT, INCREASED WAGES, AND JOB RETENTION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Placement rate of individuals with disabilities into competitive employment: The percentage of individuals served who are placed in competitive employment will increase.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of individuals served who were placed in competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
59
 
1998
49
 
1999
59
61
2000
61.9
61
2001
62.37
62
2002
 
61.2
Status: Target exceeded. FY 2001 performance exceeded the 2001 target.

Explanation: In FY 1998, following a new grant competition, there were significantly fewer projects (104 projects) participating in the PWI program as compared to the FY 1997 base year (119 projects). The number of projects operating in fiscal years 1999, 2000, and 2001 were 101, 99, and 102 respectively. Following a corresponding drop in performance in 1998, the percent of individuals placed in competitive employment by the program has increased annually. Performance in FY 2001 surpassed the 1997 level.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance indicator data.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The sources and data quality are validated by checking to see if the data are reasonable. On site compliance reviews are also conducted on at least 15 percent of grant recipients annually to (a) determine whether that grant is managed in accordance with Federal requirements; (b) identify areas where the project can be improved; and (c) assess the project's mission as it relates to the Department's mission.

Limitations: The primary limitation of the data is that they are self-reported. Technical assistance and regular monitoring is provided to grantees in order to receive updated reports from the grantee regarding progress toward meeting project goals.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Change in earnings of individuals who are placed in competitive employment: Projects With Industry projects will report that participants placed in competitive employment increase earnings by an average of at least $218 per week.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Average increase in weekly earnings in dollars
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
207
 
1998
209
 
1999
226
209
2000
252
218
2001
236
218
2002
 
226
Status: Target exceeded. FY 2001 performance exceeded the 2001 target by $18 in weekly earnings.

Explanation: FY 2001 performance reflected an average increase in earnings of $236 per week. On average, the FY 2001 group of grantees demonstrated higher performance on this indicator than in most prior years. However, we have only raised the FY 2002 target to $226 per week because of the variability in annual performance.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance indicator data.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
Same as 1.1

Limitations: Same as Indicator 1.1. In addition, performance data on this indicator are further limited because the national average is calculated based on self-reported project averages.

 

Objective 2 of 2: ENSURE THAT PWI SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH THE MOST NEED.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Percentage of individuals served who were unemployed for 6 months or more prior to program entry who are placed in competitive employment: The percentage of previously unemployed individuals served who are placed into competitive employment will increase.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of previously unemployed individuals served who were placed in competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
60
 
1998
48
 
1999
58
62
2000
60.77
60
2001
69
61
2002
 
61.20
Status: Target exceeded. FY 2000 performance slightly exceeded the 2000 target, bringing the actual performance rate back up to a level commensurate with performance experienced in the 1997 base year.

Explanation: The overall number and percent of previously unemployed persons who were placed in competitive employment have increased annually since 1998. In addition, both the number and percentage of persons served who were previously unemployed has increased. However, we have raised the FY 2002 target only slightly above the FY 2001 target because this population faces greater challenges in obtaining competitive employment.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
Grantee performance indicator data.

Limitations: Same as Indicator 1.1

 

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