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CAPE-Youth 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.

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.

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

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 .

Pre-Employment Transition Services Implementation Study

CAPE-Youth is conducting research on Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). The purpose of this research is to better understand Pre-ETS implementation across states, including strategies for delivering Pre-ETS, challenges encountered, and indicators for measuring success. This information will be used to help states effectively deliver Pre-ETS to various eligible populations of students with disabilities. We are inviting VR State Administrators, or designees, to participate in a 30-minute national survey and share their extensive knowledge of their state programs, as well as general knowledge of the Pre-ETS policy implementation in their state. Participation is voluntary, but broad engagement in this research is essential to ensure that the study develops robust insights to guide the efforts of state agencies and policymakers. The information gathered will be used to develop a report for CAPE-Youth that includes a summary of results and a discussion of the implications of results for future Pre-ETS policy and implementation. The report will be widely distributed to state agencies and policymakers and used for technical assistance. Link to this Pre-ETS national survey is coming soon.

Participants include: VR State Administrators.

For more information, contact Marcela Hayes at marcela.hayes@umassmed.edu.