SVRI - Research


SVRI has an established history of conducting independent and collaborative applied research in the areas of disability and employment.  Current studies focus on knowledge translation (i.e. "research-to-practice"), health and employment, vocational rehabilitation systems, youth in transition, benefits counseling, asset development and poverty, and employment issues experienced by individuals with significant disabilities.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery (RRTC - EBP VR)

Wisconsin is home to a national research and training center aimed at improving employment rates and the quality of employment for people with disabilities, funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Stout are collaboratively managing the project.  In addition to conducting research with input from multiple stakeholders, the Center will translate new knowledge and provide training and technical assistance to public and non-profit organizations to incorporate theory-driven, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based practices into services provided to people with significant disabilities. 
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Archived Research:

Current Research Projects:

  • Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices:  An Exploratory Case Study
  • Engaging Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in Knowledge Translation Processes:  A Participatory Action Approach
  • Experience of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in Western Wisconsin
  • Health Promotion and Disability
  • Motivational Interviewing and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • National Practice Analysis of Disability Benefits Specialists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors' Perspectives on Work Incentives Benefits Counseling
  • Secondary Teachers' Perceptions of Soft Skills Training and Employment Outcomes in Wisconsin

Ongoing Research Activities:

  • Consumer Evaluations
  • Needs Assessments
  • Program Evaluation