The Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University is partnering with American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs to conduct a 3-year Research Project addressing NIDILRR’s major outcome domain of Employment under the research exploration and discovery stage.
The target population is American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) with disabilities who are AIVRS consumers.
Long-term goal - improve employment outcomes for AI/AN with disabilities.
Intermediate goal - determine the correlation of the characteristics of the practices and policies used by AIVRS programs with the effectiveness in assisting consumers in gaining and maintaining quality integrated employment.
The proposed research is the first phase in addressing the intermediate and long-term goals. The purpose of the proposed research is to identify and describe AIVRS practices and policies, including those that are culturally appropriate, and the associated characteristics (e.g., descriptions of the qualities, traits, attributes, and distinctions).
Proposed Research Question: What are the practices and policies, used by AIVRS programs, including those that are culturally appropriate, and the associated characteristics?
This will be addressed as AIVRS program directors, counselors, and the consumers they serve, with support from an AI/AN led advisory council, conduct the research using a community based participatory research process addressing the following objectives
• Empower the project advisory council to guide the CBPR process
• Collect first and second round of data, through a CBPR process
• Analyze first and second round data
• Finalize data findings
• Prepare products for dissemination
• Prepare for the Phase Two research
• Description of the policies and practice used by AIVRS programs
• Three publications of the research findings
• One practice brief
• Dissemination of the findings