Research to Inform Policy: Contributions of the Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy
Over its 6-year history, the DRC supported a broad range of rigorous disability research relevant to the federal disability programs, as intended. The studies have made important contributions to the body of research and have led to new investigations on existing and emerging issues of policy significance.
This article summarizes selected findings from DRC work conducted by researchers at the Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP), often in collaboration with other institutions, most notably SSA, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The research addresses five broad topic areas: DI applicants and their ability to remain in the labor force; factors affecting participation in the federal disability programs; the characteristics, well-being, and employment of disability program participants; special populations of people with disabilities; and access to health insurance for people with disabilities.