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RA: Vocational Rehabilitation Demonstration and Training Programs - 2004

CFDA Number: 84.235 - Rehabilitation Services Demonstration and Training_Special Demonstration Programs


Program Goal: To expand, improve or further the purposes of activities authorized under the Act
Objective 8.1 of 2: EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES THAT LEAD TO EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Expansion: A high percentage of projects will be judged to have successfully implemented strategies or yielded results that can contribute to the expansion of services for or the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of projects will be judged to have contributed to the expansion of services for the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
95.65
 
2001
100
80
2002
100
82
2003
100
85
2004
 
90


Progress: Actual performance for this indicator has been at 100% since reporting year 2001. It will, therefore, be dropped as an indicator in 2005.

Explanation: Past data has been moved forward one year because of a change in the way data is now being reported. Current and future reporting will be based on a project/performance period instead of fiscal year.  
Additional Source Information: Web-based Annual Performance Reports for 2001-2003. For 2001, a narrative report produced by RTI, the contractor that designed the web-based system, was also used. The original figure of 95.65% came from a peer review of the projects that was done in 2000, before the web-based system was used. The panel determined that the indicator was met by 22 out of 23 projects. One project did not provide enough information to make a determination.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data will be supplied by grantees through uniform reporting. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: The web-based reporting system does not have specific questions that relate to project expansion. Actual performance was based on the purpose of the priority that grantees were funded to perform these services; therefore, those who submitted acceptable reports (100%) successfully contributed to expansion of services.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Impact: The percentage of projects reporting an impact on rehabilitation service providers including state VR agencies, community rehabilitation service providers, and other providers of rehabilitation services.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of Grantees that Interacted and Presented to State VR Agencies
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
83
85
2002
84
85
2003
80
87
2004
 
89

Percentage of Consumers Referred by State VR to Projects
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
37
58
2002
29
58
2003
22
60
2004
 
62

Percentage of Consumers Referred by Projects to State VR
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
8
10
2002
8
10
2003
20
10
2004
 
10


Progress: Actual performance in the three areas reported on decreased in terms of grantees interacting and presenting to VR agencies by 7% and the percentage of consumers referred by state VR to projects by 38%. The number of projects that made referrals to state VR went up by 10%, however, which suggests that the impact of the projects is changing as the number of consumers served by the projects increases.

Explanation: Baseline data for 2001 is based on information obtained from a narrative report from RTI, the contractor that designed the web-based system. The percentage for 2001 represents 24 grantees who presented to VR agencies out of a total of 29 grantees who reported making presentations. In 2002, 38 projects out of a total of 45 reported making presentations to VR. In 2003, 40 projects reported making presentations. Of these, a total of 32 made presentations to VR. Past data has been moved forward one year to reflect the current process of using data collected on a performance rather than fiscal year. Performance percentages for consumers referred from VR to projects were determined as follows- 2001: Of 3,942 consumers served, 1,444 were referred from VR; 2002: of 8,247 consumers served, 2,362 were referred from VR; 2003: of 14,158 consumers served, 3,121 were referred from VR. Actual performance percentages for consumers referred from projects to VR were determined as follows- 2001: of 3,942 consumers served, 325 were referred to VR; 2002: Of 8,247 consumers served, 742 were referred to VR; 2003: of 14,158 consumers served, 3,121 were referred to VR.  
Additional Source Information: Web-based Annual Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data will be supplied by grantees through uniform reporting. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: The peer review system used in 2000 before the web-based system was in place did not provide data on presentations or referrals to and from VR. Not all grantees reported through the web-based system on whether or not presentations were made.

Improvements: Grantees will be reminded to address this section of the report.

 

Objective 8.2 of 2: DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ABOUT SUCCESSFUL NEW TYPES OR PATTERNS OF SERVICES OR DEVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND REPORT THE IMPACT OF THE PROJECTS.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Dissemination: Funded projects that disseminate information to state VR agencies and other funded projects and disability-related organizations and the number of presentations.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Funded projects that disseminate information to state VR agencies and other funded projects and disability-related organizations and the number of presentations.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Grantee Presentations
Grantee Presentations
2001
93
85
2002
88
85
2003
87
87
2004
 
89


Progress: In addition to the VR percentages reported, presentations to disability related organizations went from 90% in 2001 to 86% in 2002, and back to 90% in 2003. Presentations to other disability-related organizations started at 66% in 2001, then went to 77% in 2002 and 80% in 2003. Projects that disseminated information to state VR projects met the target of 87% for the current reporting period.

Explanation: Data from 2001 was used to establish a baseline. This information came from a narrative report published by RTI, the contractor that designed the web-based system. This information showed that almost all grantees disseminated project materials to state VR and disability related organizations. Dissemination has continued at a reasonably high rate in all areas that were reported, as noted in the progress narrative for this indicator.  
Additional Source Information: Web-based Annual Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data will be supplied by grantees through uniform reporting. No formal verification procedure applied.

Limitations: No information regarding this indicator was included in the 2000 review of grantee reports. Not all grantees reported on this indicator in the 2003 web-based report.

Improvements: Grantees will be reminded to address this section of the report.

 

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