All of our client work is wrapped in research as part of our program of improving the evidence base for disability employment.
Separate to this work, we have a number of projects that support the development of outcome measures and employment methodology.
Grounded in Social Quality Theory, we are developing an evidence based employment outcome measure that focuses on the client. Consistent with the Person Centred paradigm that is stated to underpin disability employment practice, this outcome measure uses a multi domain approach to measuring the success of employment outcomes.
Current measures used in disability employment such as the Star Rating System focus solely on economic measures and compliance such as speed to placement and weeks in employment, failing to account for the client in any meaningful person centred manner. This project is being undertaken by Dr. Peter Smith at Cornell University Ithaca, New York.
Personalised Inclusive Employment - Outcome Measure.(PIE-OM)
Based on person centred principles and self-determined career planning, this evidence based process will build on the emerging evidence base that exists for customised employment and discovery. Consistent with PIE-OM, we seek to integrate the principles of Social Quality Theory into practice to produce a paradigm shift in existing practice that is consistent with the UNCRPD and the shift created by the NDIS in client expectations.
This project will incorporate the learnings and evidence from Lauren Pavlidis's Discovery project and will be tested within our open employment projects. The outcome of these should be empirically validated evidence based practice that has been contextualised to the Australian setting.
Ongoing research and reading always produces lightbulb moments. Oliver Sacks lit up my lightbulbs brightly and I'm now pursuing a new model of impairment that will change our understandng of disability and employment.
Early days yet, but expect to see an early version appear in paper late 2019. This is exciting work and I'm grateful to have a superb mentor and research collegaues worldwide to bounce ideas off.
This is one of Dr Peter's pet projects!
Cognitive Model of Impairment
Personalised Inclusive Employment - Practice.(PIE-P)
Open Employment Outcomes using a Social Entreprise Framework
This work builds on previous research undertaken by Peter Smith and Keith McVilly. Having developed a social entreprise framework that defines the conditions for social entreprise to support open employment outcomes, follow up research identified the application of various apsects of the SE framework in action in employment settings.
This project will examine and test the model in a true SE setting that has been designed to deliver open employment outcomes. This is an exciting progression in our work with social entreprises.
This project has come to us from Paul Wehman and Vicki Brookes at VCU and will be the first ever control study undertaken in Australia in this area.
The objectives of the research would be to;
1) compare the outcomes of individuals with IDD who receive the CE intervention to individuals who receive services as usual,
2) determine if there are difference in employment outcomes for the intervention versus the control group, and
3) provide data to evaluate customised employment as an evidence-based practice.
This is an exciting two state study.
Control Study of Customised Employment in a DES Setting
This works builds on our social entreprise work and is seen as crucial to developing a real understanding of the characteristics of micro-entreprise as a pathway to economic security and inclusion. While mico-entreprise has been in existence for some time, the defining characteristics are largely fluid and there is a risk that the term itself may be adopted by any project without fidelity and authenticity.
This project will examine the literature on micro-entreprise with the view to producing a consensus model of the charactersitics of real micro-entreprise.
Developing open employment outcomes for people with a disability utilising a micro-entreprise framework
We've partnered with our good friends to the University of Melbourne to develop our training program into a non accredited course to be taught at the university, starting in 2019.
This program is full 40 hour provider program delivered over twelve weeks and for us is step one on a path that will develop it into an accredited course, a unit of study in the masters program and eventually an online program.
We expect the program to be ready for enrolment in the second quarter of 2019. The course will be the first opportunity for individuals to undertake authentic CE training in Australia that meets the standards for CESP Examination.
Customised Employment Training Program
This project is a designed to contextualise the GHA Discovery Process and the Discovery Fidelity Scale to our unique funding and ecological setting. Run as a delphi study that involved subject matter groups in Australia and the USA, the work led by Lauren Pavlidis is in the write up stage and has produced versions of these documents that recognises our setting and has consensus support.
This project has the support and ethics approval of the University of Melbourne, ensuring that the research meets the rigourous standards for peer review and will contribute not just to better practices, but the evidence base for what we do.
Look out for it soon, but if you can't wait, we're using the version of Discovery that it produced with our clients now.
Australian Contextualisation of Discovey and the
Discovery Fidleity Scale