Measure Twice, Cut Once, Part 2: Using VR Agencies’ Administrative Data to Monitor Pre-Employment Transition Services
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Jan 31, 2019
- There are many advantages to using the vast data collected by VR agencies to measure pre-employment transition services: they could be used in close to real time, as soon as they are entered or updated; the data may contain many details about the student, the provider, and the services; and the data offer a longitudinal perspective. Yet the richness of administrative data also poses an obstacle because of its complex structure.
- Steps to prepare administrative data for pre-employment transition services might include defining the analysis question, identifying the sample, considering the time period, and identifying the data elements of interest.
- Examples of analyses involving pre-employment transition services that are featured in the brief include: (1) showing an analysis of pre-employment transition services by geographic area; (2) presenting a way to measure spending on pre-employment transition services at the provider level; and (3) documenting the receipt of pre-employment transition services for individual students over time.
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