The Technical Assistance Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (SVRI-PEQA) is housed in University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI), in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
The SVRI-PEQA is directed by Dr. Cayte Anderson (Principal Investigator), Mary McManus (Co-PI); and involves key partners including Drs. Fong Chan and Tim Tansey (UW-Madison); Drs. Mike Leahy and Su Pi (Michigan State University), CSAVR, and the Summit Group.
Improve - Define and develop initiatives that will improve the quality of employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
Innovate - Adopt organizational innovations.
Integrate - Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and program evaluation methods
Identify - Harness advances in IT and communication technologies.
Outcomes & Impacts
Community of Practice - Successful development and implementation of a state VR evaluator driven CoP PEQA to improve communication, information exchange, and training for program evaluators.
Training & Technical Assistance - Provide ample specialized training opportunities based on expressed needs of state VR.
Collaborations - Successfully develop inter-agency collaboration networks and work teams committed to the improvement of quality assurance systems and tools.
Achieving the goals and objectives of the SVRI-PEQA will increase the capacity and sophistication of state VR program evaluators to provide timely and relevant program evaluation data.
This data will help state VR agencies develop new competencies capable of responding in new and different ways to create and deliver outcomes in a challenging economy.