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Abstract Details for Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Implementation and Impact Evaluation Reports - Virginia

Implementation and Impact evaluation summaries: Implementation Evaluation Report- This study captured the success, challenges and lessons learned from the CPID implementation evaluation. RESULTS. Description of CPID Project successes in increasing access to career training opportunities for individuals with disabilities in its target regions and industries. By improving collaboration among workforce and education partners and major employers in the state, the CPID Project has helped these partners recognize the value of working with and hiring individuals with disabilities. In the third and fourth years, the CPID Project continued to broaden partnerships and increase alignment across the workforce system. Tours and academies continued to be successful in providing individuals with disabilities opportunities to explore potential career pathways. The CPID Project provided extensive training opportunities for VR staff and partner organizations, which helped ensure that CPID initiatives will continue after the grant has ended. Vocational Rehabilitation Service Receipt, and Employment Outcomes: Evidence from Virginia. This study investigated the short-term impact of the CPID program on participants’ VR service receipt and labor market outcomes. RESULTS. Participation in the CPID program is associated with increased likelihood of receiving job training services (20.3 percentage points; p < 0.01), career or employment services (10.3 percentage points; p<0.01), rehabilitation technology and other disability-related services (7.3 percentage points; p < 0.01), and other services (7.6 percentage points; p < 0.01). These results suggest that CPID and traditional job training services may be complementary. However, we did not find an association between CPID participation and employment outcomes (quarterly employment rate or income) for up to 2 years after initial VR service, likely because most CPID participants did not finish receiving services during the study period.