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We Study.

We evaluate our projects and conduct research. We do this to improve outcomes and to share what we have learned. We also work with and support researchers in our college, university, and external partners.

Our Research and Evaluation 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.

Learn more about Efficacy of RENEW

 

EVOLVE Plus

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

 

Our Research

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 email Valerie Wood, CDCI's Research and Evaluation Coordinator.

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) a UVM faculty member in any department; (b) 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; and (c) voluntarily establishes a non-salaried relationship with CDCI to explore individually determined and mutually beneficial research-related activities.

Supporting research and evaluation related to persons with developmental disabilities, other disabilities, and their families is one of the core functions of CDCI. Our center supports this research and evaluation through:

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.

 

Research Into Practice Briefs

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CDCI presents a series in which authors describe recently published studies and reports in the field of developmental disabilities. Our goal is to explain what the publication was about and how it impacts our field and community, using a format that is accessible to a greater number of people. Visit our Research into Practice page to read and print summaries.

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about CDCI's involvement with Research and Evaluation, please contact Core Function Coordinator Valerie Wood.