Our Research and Evaluation Projects


Project EVOLVE Plus offers school-based research, training, technical assistance, and collaborative consultation on fee-for-service basis. The mission of Project EVOLVE Plus is to work collaboratively with school personnel, self-advocates, families, and service providers to increase the probability that the lives of students with disabilities will be better because they were educated in our schools.

Learn more about EVOLVE Plus


Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship

The Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship is a 5-year partnership across 8 national sites and seeks to develop, implement, and/or test promising practices for supporting and sustaining permanence in families that have been formed through adoption or guardianship.

Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship website


Tier 3 Wraparound Development (TW3)

This Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funded project creates and studies Wraparound models at the Tier 3 support level in schools for students with serious emotional and behavioral challenges. This project is funded from July 2020-June 2024.

Learn More about TW3.


Former Projects

Efficacy of RENEW

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, partnering with the Institute on Disability, received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S Department of Education to test the RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) intervention. This study will evaluate whether or not high school students who receive the RENEW intervention have better outcomes than students receiving typical services. The study will test for differences in student engagement, self-determination, social support, as well as academic and behavioral functioning. This projected ended in 2020.

Learn more about Efficacy of RENEW


Research Partnerships

CDCI supports research related to persons with developmental disabilities, other related disabilities, and family members. 

UVM DD Researchers Directory

We are proud to host a directory of researchers at UVM whose scope of work includes developmental disabilities. Members of our DD Researchers Network span across the university. The goal of our network is to connect researchers across campus and fields of study, promoting collaboration and encouraging new opportunities.

If you would like to be added to this directory or know other UVM faculty who are engaged in research pertaining to children, youth, or adults with developmental disabilities, please contact us.

You can also view a current list of researchers, their research focus, and contact information: Directory of UVM Developmental Disabilities Researchers Network (Google Document)

CDCI Affiliated Faculty Researchers

A CDCI Affiliated Faculty Researcher is a UVM faculty member from any department who is currently involved in or is pursuing research pertaining to individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, their families, or service providers that is consistent with the mission and purpose of the CDCI who voluntarily establishes a non-salaried relationship with CDCI to explore individually determined and mutually beneficial research-related activities.

Learn more about the Affiliate Faculty Researcher designation (PDF) or contact us to learn more.

Jean S. Garvin Fellowship

Available for Vermont educators, this fellowship is designed to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge that contributes to the education of Vermont's children and youth with disabilities by financially supporting related research activities (new or existing). See the Jean S. Gavin Research Fellowship for more information.