In this session, attendees will gain new knowledge about a career pathways advancement model demonstration project. Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation used the “upskill/backfill” approach to advance incumbent workers with disabilities. This session will cover the implementation of the model, evaluation methods including developing pre-post measures, drawing a valid comparison group, and challenges/limitations of the model demonstration process and outcome evaluation.
Meet the Presenters:
Janet Drudik, MS, CRC, has worked for Nebraska VR as a VR Counselor, Vocational Evaluator, Office Director, Program Director for Evaluation and her most recent position was Project Director for the five-year RSA Career Pathway for Individuals with Disabilities grant which began in 2015. As Project Director of the career pathways grant she provided oversight for the administration of the grant and verified all grant objectives are being met to help adults enter and advance within a career pathway. Through the Career Pathways grant Janet worked to benefit Nebraskans with disabilities by providing innovative processes to bridge the gap between individuals with disabilities, public partners and businesses to provide a seamless service approach. Janet is currently the Nebraska VR lead overseeing the Meet You Where You Are and Progressive Employment models.
Kelly Haines, MA, is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion. Kelly has a background in providing direct services to individuals with disabilities and is a trained social science researcher. At the ICI, Kelly has engaged in research promoting employment for individuals with disabilities since 2009. In this role, Kelly has worked in partnership with state vocational rehabilitation agencies and community rehabilitation providers to embed research and evaluation activities in employment service delivery systems, with the goal of building an evidence base for promising practices, such as Progressive Employment and the Upskill/Backfill Career Pathways Advancement model.