JD-VRTAC Communities of Practice

The JD-VRTAC is hosting two communities of practice (CoPs) on Labor Market Information and Busienss Engagement Data. 

Turning Labor Market Facts into Labor Market Information

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 1:00PM EDT, the Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC), VR Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC), and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) will begin the next phase of our Labor Market Information (LMI) Community of Practice, Turning Labor Market Facts into Labor Market Information. This CoP will focus on counselor use of LMI to strengthen client outcomes. During our first meeting, we will discuss different types of real life, unidentified client cases where counselors have or could introduce LMI to clients. For each subsequent meeting, participants can share further LMI related client case scenarios with the group.

Read the ReviewVR brief that highlights common LMI practices from state VR agencies that participated in phases 1 and 2 of this Community of Practice.

Space for this CoP is limited. If you would like to know more about this CoP, contact Katie Allen at Katie.Allen@umb.edu

Business Engagement Data 

The Business Engagement Data Community of Practice (CoP) successfully concluded Phase 1 focused on increasing VR agency capacity to better collect and utilize business engagement data. The CoP facilitators will successfully completed Phase 2 of the Business Engagement Data CoP focused on analyzing data to improve business engagement activities. 
Read our ReviewVR brief from the CoP that outlines solutions and strategies from the group's discussions including: key data elements, strategies for data collection, and lessons learned.
For more information about this CoP, please contact DeBrittany.Mitchell@umb.edu

Paid Work Experiences: Internships, Pre-Apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships

The Paid Work Experiences Community of Practice stimulates a rich discussion about current strategies and practices to increase the participation of people with disabilities in paid work experiences. Participants from each state VR agency share their successes and challenges in expanding paid work experiences for their consumers, including a range of perspectives from the states involved.

To join the listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.uark.edu. Leave the subject line blank and include the following text in the body of the email: ADD APPRENTICESHIP your email address followed by your name

EXAMPLE: ADD APPRENTICESHIP johndoe@email.com John Doe

The Role of CRPs in VR Business Engagement and Employer Support Efforts: JDVRTAC/ WINTAC Community of Practice

This CoP grew out of the Albuquerque Forum held in December 2016, but opened to all who wanted to be part of the conversation. Facilitators from the Job Driven VR TAC (JDVRTAC) and the Workforce Innovation TAC (WINTAC) provided structure and support, and VR agency representatives and CRPs shared challenges, experiences, and solutions. 

This CoP focused on the following topics

  • VR/CRP Communication/Collaboration/Competition
  • CRP Accreditation/Staff Certification/Training/Development
  • CRP Quality/Evaluation/Score Cards/Profiles and Consumer Choice
  • CRP payment structures; fee for service, milestone/outcome, embedded staff
  • Developing and working with CRPs in rural areas
  • Developing/identifying CRPs to work with specialty populations (e.g. blind/visually impaired)
  • Approaching business engagement in a strategic and innovative manner while staying within the boundaries of VR policies and procedures

Communities of practice disseminate research findings, define and expand the understanding of current strategy and policy, and inform local policy makers in participant networks. These communities of practice are part of the JD-VRTAC, a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002. The JD-VRTAC is part of ExploreVR, the data hub for a group of vocational rehabilitation research projects at the ICI. The Labor Market Information CoP is also part of the VR Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.‚Äč