Disability Innovation Fund's Pathways to Partnerships Project Evaluation

2023 – 2028

Project Overview


To monitor, provide technical assistance and training supports, and evaluate the Disability Innovation Fund Program’s 20 grantee-led projects for Pathways to Partnerships Model Demonstration.

Project Motivation

Pathways to Partnerships Model Demonstration projects aim to improve the transition of youth with disabilities into competitive integrative employment and rewarding career paths to improve their economic prosperity and further the full equality and integration of individuals with disabilities in American society.

Partners in Progress

  • M. Davis and Company
  • Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland
  • Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
  • TransCen, Inc.

Prepared For

US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration

The Disability Innovation Fund Program’s Pathways to Partnership Model Demonstrations reflect a significant investment by the Rehabilitation Services Administration to increase competitive integrated employment for youth and other individuals with disabilities.

The federal fiscal year 2023 Disability Innovation Fund is supporting 20 Pathways to Partnership projects to improve the delivery of transition services to children (ages 10-13) and youth (ages 14-24) with disabilities and their families through intentional and transformative partnerships among state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state education agencies, local education agencies, federally funded centers for independent living, and other organizations offering services to this population. 

The evaluation will: 1) include innovative data and data collection methods; 2) analyze costs, partnerships, and program activities; and 3) determine outcomes and potential impacts of the projects. The evaluation team will also monitor grantee progress in implementing their programs and provide training and technical assistance to support them. 

Mathematica and its partners are supporting the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the Disability Innovation Fund’s Pathways to Partnership project to demonstrate effectiveness, identify improvements, and ensure accountability. The evaluation results will also pave the way for the emergence of innovative systemic approaches to seamless transition services focused on career exploration and competitive integrated employment aspirations for children and youth with disabilities.

Related Staff

Laura Kosar

Laura Kosar

Principal Managing Consultant

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Gina Livermore

Gina Livermore

Senior Fellow; Director, Center for Studying Disability Policy

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Purvi Sevak

Purvi Sevak

Senior Director, Business Development

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