About Us

Overview

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. Through collaboration with key stakeholders (VR, community partners, rehabilitation researchers, families and individuals with disabilities), this RRTC will engage in a comprehensive, participatory action research process to identify, study and exchange essential elements that contribute to successful outcomes.

Focus

Research and Knowledge Translation: the multidimensional, active process of ensuring that new knowledge gained through the course of research ultimately improves the lives of people with disabilities, and furthers their participation in society (NIDRR, 2005).

Mission Statement

To conduct evidence-based research and to provide practitioners with knowledge and tools for evidence-based vocational rehabilitation practices that will improve employment rates, and quality of employment, for people with disabilities.

Impact

  • Communicate important research findings related to high performing state VR programs
  • Showcase effective VR service delivery
  • Enhance and Influence policy development to improve outcomes in the VR system
  • Demonstrate effective tools, strategies, and relationships for sharing key information

Organization

RRTC-EBP-VR is jointly based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Research and general grants management activities are overseen at UW-Madison, and activities related to training, technical assistance, and dissemination are overseen at UW-Stout. All RRTC-EBP-VR activities are informed by the Advisory Council, Scientific Review Committee, and External Advisory Council, whose members are active participants in key Project Partners organizations, to ensure that the highest standards of scientific rigor, consumer relevance, and state-of-the-art social science methodology are met.  View the RRTC-EBP-VR organizational chart .

Funding

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)