This project builds upon the results of a 3-year NIDRR-funded Field Initiated Project carried out by the Bureau of Disability Economics Research at UR together with the University of Virginia (UVA) and state VR agencies in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. These states are partnering with UR, GWU, and consultants from UVA on the VR-ROI Project. VR agencies in Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas will help provide the heterogeneity necessary to test the ROI Estimator. The project uses readily available administrative data from both state and federal sources, including VR client and services data, employment data from state Unemployment Insurance programs, and disability benefits data from the Social Security Administration.

Participating Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies include:

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Virginia Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI)

Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (MD-DORS)

Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DE DVR)

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Rehabilitative Services

North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Service

Participating Universities

University of Richmond, Robins School of Business (Grant Recipient)

George Washington University – Center for Rehabilitation Counseling, Research and Education

University of Virginia Department of Economics

Stony Brook University Department of Economics

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy