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RA: Vocational Rehabilitation Training - 2005

CFDA Number: 84.129 - Rehabilitation Long-Term Training


Program Goal: To provide existing staff of public VR sector with continuing education to maintain and upgrade skills and knowledge.
Objective 8.1 of 2: To provide graduates who work within the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system to help individuals with disabilities achieve their goals.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Numbers trained: The number of students supported by RSA scholarships and the number of RSA scholars graduating will remain stable per constant $1 million invested.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The number of scholars supported by RSA scholarships
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
1,600
 
1998
1,550
 
1999
1,665
1,473
2000
2,390
2,000
2001
2,540
2,000
2002
2,232
2,000
2003
 
2,050
2004
 
2,050
2005
 
2,100

The number of scholars graduating
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
800
 
1998
817
 
1999
832
729
2000
764
688
2001
841
700
2002
817
700
2003
 
725
2004
 
725
2005
 
725


Explanation: After peaking in 2001, target performance decreased as college tuitions are rapidly increasing, while program funds are either level or decreasing.  
Additional Source Information: Annual grantee reporting

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees. No formal verification procedure applied.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Percentage working: The percentage of graduates fulfilling their payback requirements through acceptable employment will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of graduates fulfilling their payback requirements through acceptable employment.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
72
70
2001
71
71
2002
85
72
2003
 
72
2004
 
74
2005
 
73


Explanation: Targets were reduced for FY 2005, since more accurate data are being collected and indicate a lower performance level. There are two ways to increase the number of new graduates: increase the total number of graduates, or increase the ratio of new to returning students. At present there are not enough graduates entering state VR agencies to replace departing staff.  
Additional Source Information: Annual granteed reporting form

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: We are using a new reporting system, which is being refined.

 

Objective 8.2 of 2: Maintain and upgrade the knowledge and skills of personnel currently employed in the public VR system.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Qualified personnel: The percentage of currently employed VR state agency counselors who meet their State's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) standard will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of currently employed VR state agency counselors who meet their state's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) standards
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
69
 
2001
71
70
2002
65
75
2003
 
77
2004
 
79
2005
 
70


Explanation: 2002 data provided the first comprehensive and systematic approach to collecting this information. Anticipate a leveling off in performance as staff turnover is at an all-time high due to retirements, and there is an insufficient pool of qualified candidate to replenish the staff positions.  
Additional Source Information: Annual Evaluation. Ongoing collection could be through the In-Service Training program's annual performance report.

Frequency: Other.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data would be supplied through external RSA contractor. No formal verification procedure applied.

 

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