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February 2018Vol. 19, No. 1Performance Tools Help Assess Best Practices, Outcomes in Youth Vocational Rehab Area

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies help transition-aged youth with disabilities who are preparing to enter employment or postsecondary education. Performance management tools can help state agencies tasked with VR for transition-aged youth to measure outcomes and inform evidence-based best practices. States use these tools to identify practices that are working well, change those that are not, and improve client outcomes.

A September 2017 Mathematica Policy Research issue brief explores the performance management cycle and the tools and techniques that can help VR staff implement evidence-based decision-making, including the following:

  • Using a framework developed to help staff use performance management tools for organizing priorities
  • Identifying analytic options that are available for analyzing research questions or addressing a problem
  • Using a new tool, the VR Program Evaluation Coach, to help VR staff evaluate their programs and policies
  • Referencing concrete examples of how VR agencies can use data to inform practices and improve outcomes

The issue brief, Performance Management for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth, is available at