Participate in our Research

In order to expand our collective understanding of how to better serve transition-aged youth, CAPE-Youth is conducting research on innovative policy and programmatic approaches to improving outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.  Much of this research relies on the input from policymakers, professionals and state agencies who serve youth and young adults. Read about our current initiatives – and how to get involved – below.

Interagency Collaboration Coordination Study

As part of an effort to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practices to support transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities, CAPE-Youth is conducting a nationwide study of best practices in interagency collaboration and coordination among state agencies serving these populations. The mixed-methods study will explore best practices, challenges, and strategies for improving interagency collaboration and service coordination efforts to improve transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. The collaboration study will seek responses from supervisors and direct service providers working for state-level governmental agencies providing services to transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities. The overall goal of the study is to develop technical assistance and professional development tools and resources to support state-level interagency collaboration and service coordination best practices. The study will help CAPE-Youth develop insights around interagency collaboration needs and promising practices, which will be shared with state policymakers to inform their efforts to further strengthen the capacity of youth-serving systems.

Participants include: supervisors and direct service providers working for state-level governmental agencies providing services to transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities (e.g., vocational rehabilitation, social security, education, mental health agencies, developmental disabilities agencies, juvenile justice, and foster care). 

For more information, please contact Matt Saleh mcs378@cornell.edu .

Please click on your state below to participate.

Professional Development Study

CAPE-Youth is embarking upon an effort to strengthen and align professional development across the many systems serving students with disabilities. To achieve this goal, CAPE-Youth is launching  a national research study on professional development. The purpose of this study is to explore best practices, challenges, and strategies for improving professional development efforts and the subsequent capacity of youth-serving professionals including supervisors and frontline staff within the workforce system, education system and other systems supporting transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities in attaining their employment goals. Participation in the research study is voluntary, but broad engagement in this research by a group of informed stakeholders is essential to ensure that the study develops robust insights to guide the efforts of state policymakers. The responses will help CAPE-Youth develop insights around professional development needs and promising practices, which will be shared with state policymakers to inform their efforts to further strengthen the capacity of youth-serving systems.

Participants include: members of workforce and education systems including those who supervise those providing direct supports, or train professionals who provide direct supports, to youth and young adults.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Osmani at kosmani@cornell.edu.