• The purpose of this study is to better understand the efficiency and practicality of the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP's) State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED). SEED is a collaborative model dedicated to ensuring that state policymakers have the tools and resources they need to develop and disseminate meaningful polices related to disability-inclusive workforce development.

Research Questions:

  • What is the "SEED Model" and how can it be articulated? What differentiates it from normal ODEP approaches to disseminating policy to states?
  • What set of state-level needs was SEED attempting to address?
  • How were intermediaries engaged to transfer policy to the state level?
  • What were the benefits and drawbacks of using intermediaries to transfer policy?
  • What processes were planned for transferring policy to the state level?
  • How closely was the plan for transferring policy followed? What were the perceived causes and implications of deviations from this plan?

Key Components:

  • Evaluability Assessment
  • Interviews with SEED participants
  • State Survey
  • Data Analysis and Reporting

Project Duration: 39 Months

Contract End Date: December 2018

Contractor: Coffey Consulting, LLC with American Institutes for Research

For More Information: ChiefEvaluationOffice@dol.gov

Completed Reports

Completed Reports


Release Date

August 2017

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