Research and Innovation

We strive to maintain our position at the forefront of vocational rehabilitation research and advancement.
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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.

Wisconsin PROMISE
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Wisconsin PROMISE - Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income)

Wisconsin is one of six sites participating in the U.S. Department of Education's demonstration of a promising path to success for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), funded by a $32.5 million grand for 5 year demonstration. PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The goals of PROMISE are to improve the provision and coordination of services and supports for youth receiving SSI and their families. The services help youth recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing post-secondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. SVRI will help recruit participants and help them enroll in DVR services. Services will include career exploration, community work experience, financial literacy training, social and soft skills training, and family training on employment expectations. 

Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center on Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center on Targeted Communities (E3-TC)

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.

Current Research Projects
Ongoing Research Activities
  • Consumer Evaluations 
  • Needs Assessments
  • Program Evaluation