What Works? Using Data to Improve Transition Practices Employment and Disability Institute Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Extension Division 201 Dolgen Hall Ithaca, New York 14853-3901 Telephone: (607) 255-7727 TTY/TDD: (607) 255-2891 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website address: http://edi.cornell.edu
What Was the Model Transition Program? In 2007, the New York State Education Department awarded sixty Model Transition Programs (MTP) to school-community collaborations throughout New York State to improve the post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.
How will the work of MTP participants support overarching NYSED goals? • Quality VR Referrals: Strengthen partnerships between the New York State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system and high schools • Improved Employment Results: Increase participation of youth in employment, VR-related services, and post-secondary education • Increased Collaboration: Develop partnerships between the schools and community service partners, including colleges/universities and businesses • Sustained Practice: Advance improved policy, in partnership with the New York State Education Department
Setting the Stage Through Data Collection and Review • The Transition Impact Database • CaMS Dataset • TransQUAL Online • Regular Site Visits • Targeted Studies: • Transition Services Models • VR-School Relationships • Collaborative Leadership Groups
Transition Services Model Study Setting • Nineteen MTP sites with high to medium student outcomes were invited to participate • Data was collected using the TSM questionnaire • Cornell University researchers visited these sites between October and November 2009 for data collection
Career Development Activities • Higher performing programs indicated that they developed new career development activities using the MTP funding • Sites that developed new career development activities had a higher percentage of successful VR referrals
Career Development Activities (continued) • Pre-vocational training, job search training, specific job skills training, and internships were associated with increased likelihood of work experience for MTP youth. • Participation in these career development activities were also associated with increased likelihood of successful VR referrals.
What Do Higher Performing Schools Do? Parents and Students -- engage parents in their students’ transitions. Student outcomes were higher among those with higher parental involvement. Accommodations– include supportive services (e.g., positive behavior support, interpretation services at work place, etc.) -- also related to higher student outcomes. Agency Partners – quality community partner services, also related to higher student outcomes.
Tools for the Toolkit • Provide and respond to evaluation information to achieve higher outcomes – develop data targets and discuss progress • Programs with higher parental involvement achieved better outcomes – develop strategies to involve parents • Programs with higher satisfaction with partner providers achieved better outcomes – develop meaningful and strategic partnerships
For Web Resources go to…http://www.transitionsource.org • This Presentation (PowerPoint) • Brief/Dialogue Guide • Video Presentation