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RA: Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants - FY 2005


CFDA Number: 84.126A - Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants

Program Goal: Individuals with disabilities served by the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program will achieve high-quality employment.

Objective 1 of 1: Ensure that individuals with disabilities who are served by the vocational rehabilitation (VR) state grants program achieve employment consistent with their particular strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities, and interests.
Indicator 1.1 of 4: Employment Outcomes: 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.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 2: The percentage of general and combined state VR agencies that assist at least 55.8 percent of individuals receiving services to achieve employment.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
75
 
2002
75
 
2003
66
 
2004
66
83
2005
 
75

Measure 1.1.2 of 2: Percentage obtaining employment for VR agencies for the blind
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
75
 
2002
75
 
2003
58
 
2004
63
83
2005
 
75

Source: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: April 2006
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.

Improvements: RSA staff have worked with grantees to improve the accuracy and timeliness of RSA-911 data. The FY 2004 database was available six months after the close of the fiscal year, a significant improvement over previous years.
 
Explanation: This indicator is derived from state VR agency performance on Indicator 1.2 in 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. The 2003 and 2004 declines can be attributed to two facts: (1) beginning FY 2002 extended employment has not been considered an employment outcome in the VR program; and (2) there were challenging labor market conditions. Therefore the FY 2005 target was adjusted. The 2004 targets were not met.
 
Indicator 1.2 of 4: 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.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 2: Percentage obtaining competitive employment for general and combined VR agencies
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
96
 
2003
96
 
2004
98
93
2005
 
94

Measure 1.2.2 of 2: Percentage obtaining competitive employment for VR agencies for the blind.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
79
 
2003
87
 
2004
92
85
2005
 
87

Source: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: April 2006
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.

Improvements: RSA staff have worked with grantees to improve the accuracy and timeliness of RSA-911 data. The FY 2004 database was available six months after the close of the fiscal year, a significant improvement over previous years.
 
Explanation: This indicator is derived from state VR agency performance on Indicator 1.3 in 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. 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, therefore, beginning with the 2004 report, we used 50 percent for the agencies for the blind instead. FY 2001 served as the baseline year for this measure and was used to establish its targets. In FY 2004, State VR agencies exceeded targets established for this indicator, demonstrating the strong program emphasis on assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve high quality employment outcomes.
 
Indicator 1.3 of 4: Competitive Employment for Individuals with 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.
 
Measure 1.3.1 of 2: Percentage with significant disabilities for general and combined VR agencies.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
96
 
2003
100
 
2004
96
89
2005
 
100

Measure 1.3.2 of 2: Percentage with significant disabilities for VR agencies for the blind.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
92
 
2003
96
 
2004
100
89
2005
 
96

Source: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: April 2006
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.

Improvements: RSA staff have worked with grantees to improve the accuracy and timeliness of RSA-911 data. The FY 2004 database was available six months after the close of the fiscal year, a significant improvement over previous years.
 
Explanation: This indicator is derived from state VR agency performance on Indicator 1.4 in 106 of the Rehabilitation Act. For each VR agency, RSA examines the percentage of individuals achieving competitive employment who have significant disabilities. 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 therefore, beginning with the 2004 report, we used 65 percent instead. FY 2001 was the year that served as the baseline for this measure and for establishing its targets. In FY 2004, State VR agencies exceeded their targets, demonstrating the continued strong program emphasis on serving individuals with significant disabilities. Therefore, the FY 2005 targets were adjusted.
 
Indicator 1.4 of 4: Competitive Employment: By 2008, (a) 91 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.
 
Measure 1.4.1 of 2: Percentage of general and combined state VR agencies assisting at least 85% of individuals to achieve competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
62.50
 
2002
88
 
2003
93
 
2004
95
67
2005
 
89
2006
 
89
2007
 
91
2008
 
91

Measure 1.4.2 of 2: Percentage of state VR agencies for the blind assisting at least 65 percent of individuals to achieve competitive employment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
41.70
 
2002
50
 
2003
54
 
2004
71
48
2005
 
54
2006
 
54
2007
 
57
2008
 
60

Source: RSA state agency data from the RSA-911.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: April 2006
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.

Improvements: RSA staff have worked with grantees to improve the accuracy and timeliness of RSA-911 data. The FY 2004 database was available six months after the close of the fiscal year, a significant improvement over previous years.
 
Explanation: This long-term indicator is derived from state VR agency performance on Indicator 1.3 in 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. 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, beginning with he 2004 report, we set a rate of 85 percent for general/combined agencies and 65 percent for agencies for the blind. In FY 2004, State VR agencies exceeded their targets for this long-term indicator. Therefore, the targets for FY 2005 and beyond were adjusted accordingly.
 

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