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Emerging Practices

RSA has established the Emerging Practices as a mechanism for sharing state information to help promote communities of practice and increase awareness of a variety of approaches that provide a foundation for research and lead to the development of evidence-based practices. It is important to note that emerging practices were developed and implemented in each state for the purpose of enhancing improvement. The practices provide useful samples of programs, strategies, and activities. They were developed based on specific agency needs and implemented based on available resources in each agency. Therefore, the practice may work differently or produce different results in your agency if you choose to replicate it.

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About

Welcome to the Emerging Practices webpage. The webpage was developed as a clearinghouse for an array of state-based information that may be used as technical assistance (TA) resources to facilitate program innovation and improvement. State VR agencies, State Rehabilitation Councils (SRCs) and other VR program stakeholders are constantly seeking out practices that will help them work better. The Locator was established by RSA as a mechanism for sharing this information to help promote communities of practice, and increase awareness of a variety of approaches that may provide a foundation for research and lead to the development of evidence-based practices to keep the VR field moving forward.

It is important to note that emerging practices were developed and implemented in each state for the purpose of enhancing improvement. The practices provide useful samples of programs, strategies, and activities. They were developed based on specific agency needs and implemented based on available resources in each agency. Therefore, the practice may work differently or produce different results in your agency if you choose to replicate it.

The original practices posted on www.ed.gov were obtained during RSA's monitoring of all 82 state VR agencies that occurred between FY 2007-2010, as authorized by Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. These agencies, their stakeholders, and RSA identified what we originally referred to as "promising practices." We changed our descriptor to "emerging practices" in order to more accurately capture the fact that these are practices are developed and implemented in each state for the purpose of enhancing employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities as well as improving general grantee operations and that they may work differently or produce different results in your agency if you choose to replicate it. Each emerging practice is assigned a category and is followed by a brief description and contact information.

The goal of making the state VR agencies more efficient and effective is achievable. Sharing emerging practices will enable agency management to maximize employee potential and performance, and may lead to improvements in the achievement of VR program outcomes.