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RA: Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants - 2004

CFDA Number: 84.126A - Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants


Program Goal: Individuals with disabilities served by the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant program will achieve high quality employment.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Ensure that individuals with disabilities who are served by the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grant program achieve employment consistent with their particular strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities, and interests.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 4: Percentage of individuals obtaining employment: Increase the percentage of: (a) general and combined State VR agencies that assist at least 55.8% of individuals who receive services to achieve employment outcomes; and (b) State VR agencies for the blind that assist at least 68.9% of individuals who receive services to achieve employment outcomes.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage obtaining employment for general and combined VR agencies
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
75
 
2003
66
 
2004
 
83
2005
 
85

Percentage obtaining employment for VR agencies for the blind
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
75
 
2003
58
 
2004
 
83
2005
 
87


Explanation: This new indicator was developed to better measure RSA's efforts to provide assistance to raise the performance of State VR agencies. This indicator is derived from State VR agency performance on indicator 1.2, one of the indicators developed pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act. For each VR agency, RSA examines the percentage of individuals who achieve employment of all individuals whose cases were closed after receiving services. In order to pass this indicator, a general/combined agency must achieve a rate of 55.8 percent, while an agency for the blind must achieve a rate of 68.9 percent. In FY 2001, the year that served as a baseline for this measure, and for establishing its targets, 75 percent of agencies achieved these rates. Performance targets were not met in 2002 and 2003 due to the growing number of agencies experiencing a decline in employment outcomes. This decline can be attributed to two facts: since FY 2002, extended employment ( employment in segregated settings) has not been considered an employment outcome in the VR program; and, during this period of time, there were challenging labor market conditions.  
Additional Source Information: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: April 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Verified by ED attestation process and ED Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: Accuracy/ consistency of reporting is contingent upon counselors' interpretations of definitions. Timeliness is dependent upon submittal of clean data from 80 grantees. Limited staff resources affect ability to check data for reasonableness and publish data quickly.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 4: Percentage of individuals obtaining competitive employment: Increase the percentage of: (a) general and combined State VR agencies that assist at least 72.6 percent of individuals with employment outcomes to achieve competitive employment; and (b) State VR agencies for the blind that assist at least 50 percent of individuals with employment outcomes to achieve competitive employment.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage obtaining competitive employment for general and combined VR agencies.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
96
 
2003
96
 
2004
 
93
2005
 
94

Percentage obtaining competitive employment for VR agencies for the blind.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
79
 
2003
87
 
2004
 
85
2005
 
87


Explanation: This new indicator was developed to better measure RSA's efforts to provide assistance to raise the performance of State VR agencies that are currently performing poorly. This indicator is derived from State VR agency performance on indicator 1.3, one of the indicators developed pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act. For each VR agency, RSA examines the percentage of individuals who achieve competitive employment of all individuals who achieve employment. In order to pass this indicator, a general/combined agency must achieve a rate of 72.6 percent, while an agency for the blind must achieve a rate of 35.4 percent. For purposes of this GPRA indicator, we felt that 35.4 percent was too low a target, and we therefore used 50 percent for the agencies for the blind instead. FY 2001 was the year that served as a baseline for this measure and for establishing its targets. In FYs 2002 and 2003, State VR agencies surpassed targets established for this indicator, demonstrating the continued strong program emphasis on assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment outcomes.  
Additional Source Information: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: April 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Verified by ED attestation process and ED Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: Accuracy/ consistency of reporting is contingent upon counselors' interpretations of definitions. Timeliness is dependent upon submittal of clean data from 80 grantees. Limited staff resources affect ability to check data for reasonableness and publish data quickly.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 4: Percentage of competitively employed individuals who have significant disabilities: Increase the percentage of: (a) general and combined State VR agencies for which at least 65 percent of the individuals achieving competitive employment have significant disabilities; and (b)State VR agencies for the blind for which at least 89 percent of the individuals achieving competitive employment have significant disabilities.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage with significant disabilities for general and combined VR agencies.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
96
 
2003
100
 
2004
 
93
2005
 
94

Percentage with significant disabilities for VR agencies for the blind.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
92
 
2003
96
 
2004
 
89
2005
 
91


Explanation: This new indicator was developed to better measure RSA's efforts to provide assistance to raise the performance of State VR agencies that are currently performing poorly. This indicator is derived from State VR agency performance on indicator 1.4, one of the indicators developed pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act. For each VR agency, RSA examines the percentage of individuals achieving competitive employment who have significant disabilities. In order to pass this indicator, a general/combined agency must achieve a rate of 62.4 percent, while an agency for the blind must achieve a rate of 89 percent. For purposes of this GPRA indicator, we felt that 62.4 percent was too low a target for general/combined agencies, and we therefore used 65 percent instead. FY 2001was the year that served as the baseline for this measure and for establishing its targets. In FYs 2002 and 2003, State VR agencies surpassed their targets, demonstrating the continued strong program emphasis on serving individuals with significant disparities.  
Additional Source Information: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: April 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Verified by ED attestation process and ED Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: Accuracy/ consistency of reporting is contingent upon counselors' interpretations of definitions. Timeliness is dependent upon submittal of clean data from 80 grantees. Limited staff resources affect ability to check data for reasonableness and publish data quickly.

 
Indicator 8.1.4 of 4: Percentage of individuals obtaining competitive employment (long-term): By 2008: (a) 75 percent of general and combined State VR agencies will assist at least 85 percent of individuals with employment outcomes to achieve competitive employment; and (b) 60 percent of State VR agencies for the blind will assist at least 65 percent of individuals with employment outcomes to achieve competitive employment.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of general and combined State VR agencies assisting at least 85 percent of individuals to achieve competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
84
 
2003
89
 
2004
 
67
2005
 
69
2006
 
71
2007
 
73
2008
 
75

Percentage of State VR agencies for the blind assisting at least 65 percent of individuals to achieve competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
50
 
2003
54
 
2004
 
48
2005
 
51
2006
 
54
2007
 
57
2008
 
60


Explanation: This long-term indicator is derived from State VR agency performance on indicator 1.3, one of the indicators developed pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act. For each VR agency, RSA examines the percentage of individuals who achieve competitive employment of all individuals who achieve employment. In order to pass this indicator, a general/combined agency must achieve a rate of 72.6 percent, while an agency for the blind must achieve a rate of 35.4 percent. For purposes of this long-term GPRA indicator, we felt that these rates were too low. Therefore, we set a rate of 85 percent for general/combined agencies and 65 percent for agencies for the blind. In FY 2001, 62.5 percent of general/combined agencies achieved a rate of 85 percent, while 41.7 percent of agencies for the blind achieved a rate of 65 percent. This was the year that served as the baseline for this measure and for establishing its targets through FY 2008. In FYs 2002 and 2003, State VR agencies surpassed their targets for this long-term indicator.  
Additional Source Information: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: April 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Verified by ED attestation process and ED Standards for Evaluation Program Performance Data.

Limitations: Accuracy/ consistency of reporting is contingent upon counselors' interpretations of definitions. Timeliness is dependent upon submittal of clean data from 80 grantees. Limited staff resources affect ability to check data for reasonableness and publish data quickly.

 

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