Study 1

Research Study #1

Systematic Reviews of Employment Evidenced-Based Practices and Policies:
Identifying Research Based Knowledge to Facilitate Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for People with IDD.

Research by Virginia Commonwealth University


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The purpose of this exploration and discovery research is to conduct two systematic reviews and associated Delphi studies to inform policy and practice in order to increase the Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) outcomes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). This study includes youth and adults with IDD.


There are two phases for this study:

Phase 1: A systematic review of the empirical literature on evidenced-based employment practices (EBP) for people with IDD. Delphi study with a mixed sample of experts (ie. research stakeholders, rehabilitation service providers, and individuals with IDD).

Phase 2: A systematic review of state and federal policies impacting CIE outcomes for people with IDD. Delphi study of state and federal policies impacting CIE outcomes for people with IDD.

Both proposed systematic reviews and Delphi studies are identified as the exploration and discovery stage of research. Conducting a thorough investigation of the literature on EBP and policy for individuals with IDD and then using Delphi studies to confirm or extend findings will provide a comprehensive picture of the efficacy of existing practices. The subsequent syntheses will be derived from multiple credible and empirically validated sources.