Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Evidence Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation

Welcome to the RRTC-EBP VR

The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center: Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) is designed to generate knowledge and evidenced based vocational rehabilitation practices that improve employment rates, and quality of employment for persons with disabilities.


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Evidence-Based Practice advocates that every rehabilitation and health professional should have an interest in delivering the best possible services to their customers—based whenever possible on the best clinical practices available from the strongest research evidence (Chan et al, 2009).

RRTC Researchers focus on identifying innovative practices that improve employment rates and quality of employment for people with disabilities who receive vocational rehabilitation (VR) services from state agencies.  The level of evidence on which practices are based fall on a continuum and can gain evidence strength through the interaction of practitioners with researchers.

Offers knowledge about what works and does not work, but doesn’t have evaluation data to demonstrate its effectiveness (Puddy & Wilkens, 2011; Twyman & Sota, 2008)
Includes emerging practice elements and adds programmatic quantitative data that demonstrates positive outcomes, but doesn’t contain research data to support its replication (DePalma, 2002)
A practice with statistical and clinical significance and encompasses emerging, to promising, to evidence-based (Driever, 2002)

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Research needs practitioners!

“The practitioner is the vehicle through which an intervention is translated from a description in a book or an article to an active process with a client.” (Pettus, et al (2011)
Research needs practitioners in order for it be relevant. For this to happen, researchers must present information clearly.  Then, practitioners must be able to evaluate the research and determine if it’s relevant to an individual consumer, apply an intervention, evaluate the outcome, and provide feedback to the researchers.

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RRTC Researchers focus on identifying innovative practices that improve employment rates and quality of employment for people with disabilities

Practice

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Your participation is vital to the success of the RRTC-EBP-VR, and ultimately to improving the employment rates and quality-of-employment outcomes of people with disabilities.

Do you have an idea for research?  What is your experience in applying innovative practices?  Share what you’ve learned with other professionals and researchers to help improve VR service delivery.

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