8th Annual Summit:
Performance Management in Vocational Rehabilitation

September 10-11, 2015




Keynote 1

Keynote 2




– Performance Measurement: Contribution of DOL’s Workforce Data Quality Improvement (WDQI) Projects

Obtaining WIOA Common Measures Before and After
Workforce Data Quality Initiative: Longitudinal Data for Performance Management

John O’Neill, Kessler Foundation; Melissa Mack, Policy Research Associates; Vinz Koller, Policy Research Associates; Tori Ryan, Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor; Andrew Clemons, Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Jonathan Ladinsky, Mathematica Policy Research; John Connelly, CSAVR

– Best Practices in the State Rehabilitation Council-Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership: West Virginia’s Model

Donna L. Ashworth, West Virginia Division or Rehabilitation Services; Sherry A. Taylor, West Virginia State Rehabilitation Council

Examining the Association between Job Placement Provider and Employment Outcomes

Mark Tucker, San Diego State University; Chaz Compton, SDSU Interwork Institute

Engaging the Future for Vocational Rehabilitation

Karri Wilson, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (HANDOUT: 1)





SuRGE-6’s Understanding Evaluation from Multiple Perspectives: Maximizing Partnerships Under WIOA

Darlene Groomes, Oakland University School of Education & Human Services; Barbara Burkett, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services; Karen Carroll, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; Allison Flanagan, Kentucky Career Center; Mark Kinnison, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services; Jeff Stevens, North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (HANDOUTS: 1, 2, 3)

– Using Client-focused Research Methods to Improve Outcomes

Saara Grizzell, Utah State University; Julie Smart, Utah State University

– Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance | Continuous Quality Improvement

Tim Gravier, Missouri DVR; Jill Cremer, Missouri DVR (HANDOUTS: 1)

– Panel Discussion on ROI Efforts

Panel Members TBD





Managing the Transition from WIA: Framing the “O” in WIOA

Terri A. Lewis, National Changhua University of Education; Darlene A. G. Groomes, Oakland University School of Education & Human Services; Louis A. Adams Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation; Thomas A. Jones Department of Human Services, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (HANDOUTS: 1)

– Report Writing for Clarity and Impact

Michael Shoemaker, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation; Andrew K. Clemons, Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Libby Moody, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Learning from History: WIOA and Lessons from Past Performance Management Systems

Jonathan Ladinsky, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Assessing Consumer Satisfaction with Multiple Collaborating Agencies

Robert Stensrud, Drake University; Matt Bruinekool, Drake University





– Using Client-focused Research Methods to Improve Outcomes

Saara Grizzell, Utah State University; Julie Smart, Utah State University

– How Data Leads to Quality Supported Employment Programs and Partnerships

Judy Vohland, Nebraska VR; Cathy Callaway, Nebraska VR (HANDOUTS: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Making the Stretch: Evaluating Business Needs and Informing Practices

Cynthia Overton, American Institutes for Research. Liza Josias, American Institutes for Research, Ann Williams Outlaw, American Institutes for Research





Easing the Frustrations around Evaluating Transition Services under WIOA

Kimberly Osmani, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

– Assessment of Effectiveness and Efficiency of VR Office Placement Using Location Analytics

Todd Sink, WVDRS; Joseph “Zeke” Hampton, WVDRS; Douglas Snuffer, WVDRS

Development of Survey to Measure Counselor Performance of Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Ifeoma Iyioke, Michigan State University

– Summit Navigators: Perspectives to Grow and Improve Our Community of Practice

David Vandergoot; Michael Shoemaker; Scott Sabella; Kathe Matrone; Darlene Groomes; Steve Collins