ThinkWork is the hub for an array of programs related to employment for people with IDD at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Browse our publications and presentations below. You can subscribe to our Mendeley Group to download our work into your citation manager. You can also subscribe to the following ThinkWork authors in SelectedWorks:

John Butterworth, Principal Investigator
Allison Hall, Project Director
Jen Bose
John Kramer
Cady Landa
Alberto Migliore
Jennifer Sulewski
Jaimie Timmons
Jean Winsor

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Submissions from 2018

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Bringing Employment First to Scale: Writing for Families: Tips to Increase the Impact of Training Materials, Jennifer Bose, John Kramer, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Research to Practice: State Employment First Policies: State Definitions, Goals and Values, Jennifer Bose, Jean Winsor, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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State Employment First Policies #2: Engaging Stakeholders in Development and Implementation, Jennifer Bose, Jean Winsor, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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State Employment First Policies #3: Investing in Training and Technical Assistance to Build Capacity in Integrated Employment, Jennifer Bose, Jean Winsor, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Bringing Employment First to Scale: Support Coordination Strategies that Impact Employment Outcomes and Services for Individuals Served by State Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Barbara Brent, Rie Kennedy-Lizotte, Mary Lee Fay, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Building an evidence-based, holistic approach for moving integrated employment forward, John Butterworth, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Jason Billehus, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Building an Evidence-Based, Holistic Approach to Advancing Integrated Employment, Allison C. Hall, John Butterworth, Jean Winsor, John Kramer, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Working in the Community—Update 3 The Status and Outcomes of People with IDD in Integrated Employment, Dorothy Hiersteiner, John Butterworth, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Multi-System Collaboration: Supporting Individuals from Pre-employment Through Employment and Community Engagement Across the Life Course, Rie Kennedy-Lizotte, Adam Sass, Jeanine Zlockie, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Families and Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Results from a Scoping Study, John Kramer, Jennifer Bose, Jean Winsor, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Bringing Employment First to Scale: State of the Science as a Knowledge Translation Strategy, John Kramer, Caro Narby, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Using a Light Touch: Engaging Families Using Facebook Messenger, John Kramer, John Shepard, Jennifer Bose, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Family Experiences in Engaging in Employment: How Do We Improve Outcomes?, John Kramer and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Meshing Employment Services, John Kramer, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, Nicole Jorwic, Nancy Mercer, Jill Pierce, and Kevin Walker

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The essential characteristics of successful organizational transformation: Findings from a Delphi panel of experts, Oliver Lyons, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Allison Cohen Hall, Stephanie Leblois, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Supporting employment consultants in their work with job seekers. A longitudinal study, Alberto Migliore, John Butterworth, Oliver Lyons, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Paul Foos, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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A Model of Employment Supports for Job Seekers with Intellectual Disabilities, Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Oliver Lyons, Jennifer Bose, John Butterworth, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Strengthening Employment Services for Job Seekers With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Bringing Employment First to Scale, No 15), Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Oliver Lyons, John Butterworth, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Research to Practice: Lessons Learned from the Learning Academy: Optimizing Transition Supports for Young Adults with Autism, John Shepard, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Agnieszka Zalewska, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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RRTC on Advancing Employment Composite Indicator Research, Frank A. Smith and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Access to Integrated Employment: Employment Outcomes and Services, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Jean Winsor, John Butterworth, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Secrets of Leadership Podcast, Episode 2: Leadership and Collaboration in Maryland, Anya Weber, Jade Gingerich, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Secrets of Leadership Podcast, Episode 1: Work-Based Learning in Tennessee, Anya Weber, Blake Shearer, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Secrets of Leadership Podcast, Episode 3: A Blueprint for Employment Success in Massachusetts, Anya Weber, Margaret Van Gelder, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Using data to ignite and sustain employment systems change, Jean Winsor and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

Submissions from 2017

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APSE Employment First Statement, APSE, Green Mountain Self Advocates, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: A Staffing Approach Based on Client Relationships, Heike Boeltzig-Brown and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: Braiding Community Employment and Life Engagement Services, Heike Boeltzig-Brown and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: Flexible Scheduling and Creative Staffing, Heike Boeltzig-Brown and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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RRTC on Advancing Employment: Bringing Employment First to scale, John Butterworth, Amie Lulinski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Assisting Job Seekers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Guide for Employment Consultants (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 13), John Butterworth, Alberto Migliore, Jennifer Bose, Oliver Lyons, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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GUIDEPOST 3: Use Social and Human Capital to Decrease Dependence on Paid Supports, Hannah Curren, Allison C. Hall, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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GUIDEPOST 1: Individualize Supports For Each Person, Hannah Curren, Oliver Lyons, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Tools for Inclusion- Career Center Success: Addressing Job-Seeker Benefit Concerns, Daria Domin, Lydia Landim, Caro Narby, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Despite Some Gains, Social Security Administration Data Show a Low Level of Workforce Participation Among SSI Recipients, Daria Domin, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Different States, Common Issues: Moving mountains one service at a time., Suzzanne Freeze, Allison Hall, Stacy Collins, Duane Shumate, Cindy Thomas, Barbara Brent, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Engaging Families Effectively: Results From a Forums and Facebook Group Qualitative Research Study, John Kramer, Jennifer Bose, Eric McVay, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Beyond Training: Engaging Families in the Transition to Employment (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 12), John Kramer, Jennifer Bose, John Shepard, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Partnerships in Employment: State Self-Assessment Toolkit for Systems Change in the Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from High School, Cady Landa and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Organizational Transformation That Supports Community Employment, Amie Lulinski, Tibisay Guzmán, Avery Valins, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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From Sheltered Work to Competitive Integrated Employment: Lessons From the Field (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 11), Amie Lulinski, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Stephane Leblois, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: Using Mobile Communication Technology, Oliver Lyons and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: Using Staff Networks to Build Community Membership, Oliver Lyons and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note: Time from VR Application to Closure in Employment for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Alberto Migliore, Uchenna Nwangwu, John Butterworth, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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How is guardianship status related to employment status for people with IDD? Findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 10), Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Caro Narby, Sandra Pettingell, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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What is the relationship between gender and employment status for individuals with IDD? Findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 9), Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Caro Narby, Sandra Pettingell, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CLE Promising Practices: Using Human and Social Capital to Decrease Dependence on Paid Supports, Jennifer Sulewski and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

GUIDEPOST 2: Promote Community Membership and Contribution, Miwa Tanabe, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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GUIDEPOST 4: Ensure That Supports Are Outcome-Oriented and Regularly Monitored, Miwa Tanabe, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Listen Up! Listening Session for the RRTC on Advancing Employment, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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RRTC on Advancing Employment: Bringing Employment First to Scale, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with IDD: State of the Science Paper – State level strategy and policy, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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State of the Science Paper – Delivering the most effective employment supports: Organizational design and capacity building, Brief Summary, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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State of the Science Paper – Engaging Families, Brief Summary, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Ten Elements of Organizational Transformation: Strategies for Moving Towards Integrated Employment, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, John Butterworth, Jonathan Lucus, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Provider Organizational Transformation and Integrated Employment, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Wally Tablit, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Exploring the Impact of Community Service on Career Exploration, Self-Determination, and Social Skills for Transition-Age Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Agnes Zalewska, Allison C. Hall, Sheila Fesko, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Secrets of Leadership Podcast, Episode 1: Work-Based Learning in Tennessee, Anya Weber, Blake Shearer, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

Submissions from 2016

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'New Conversations About Integrated Employment' Webinars Shine a Fresh Light On Issues In Our Field, Melanie Jordan, Allison Cohen Hall, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Engaging Individuals and Families in Conversations Around Employment, John Kramer, Amie Lulinski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Engaging individuals and families around employment, John Kramer, Nancy Nickolaus, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Who are Employment Consultants? Characteristics of the workforce that connects job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to employment (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 7), Oliver Lyons, Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Derek Nord, John Butterworth, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note: The Engagement of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Vocational Rehabilitation: 2010–2014 State Trends, Alberto Migliore, Jean Winsor, Caro Narby, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note: Comparing VR Outcomes for Individuals With and Without Intellectual Disabilities Who Receive Postsecondary Education Services, John Shepard, Frank A. Smith, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Achieving Best Practice in Employment Supports: Defining Measures of Effectiveness (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 4), ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Knowledge Translation and Support for Individuals and Families (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 5), ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Policy and State-level Strategies to Promote Employment (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 3), ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Work and community engagement: Shifting services and supports to help individuals have the lives they want, Cindy Thomas, Amie Lulinski, Jennifer Sulewski, Erin Leviton, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Organizational Transformation: Guiding Principles for Community Providers (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 6), Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Amie Lulinski, Cindy Thomas, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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High-Quality Community Life Engagement Supports: Four Guideposts for Success (Engage: A Brief Look at Community Engagement, Issue No. 3, 2016), Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note: State Intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies' Service Trends, Jean Winsor and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, 2016, Jean Winsor, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, John Butterworth, John Shepard, Cady Landa, Frank A. Smith, Daria Domin, Alberto Migliore, Jennifer Bose, Lydia Landim, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

Submissions from 2015

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The Truth Comes From Us: Supporting Workers with Developmental Disabilities, Max Barrows, Jason Billehus, John Britton, Allison Cohen Hall, Juliana Huereña, Nicole LeBlanc, Eric McVay, Karen Topper, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2006-2013, John Butterworth, Alberto Migliore, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, 2015, John Butterworth, Frank A. Smith, Jean Winsor, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Alberto Migliore, Daria Domin, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note PLUS: Federal Data Snapshot of Puerto Rico on Individuals with Disabilities, Daria Domin, Jean Winsor, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Leadership (Issue Number 2 of 8), Karen Flippo and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Strategic Goals and Operating Policies (Issue Number 3 of 8), Karen Flippo and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Caregiving, Services, and Advocacy Among Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities, John Kramer and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Performance Measurement and Data Management (Issue Number 4 of 8), Cady Landa and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Services and Service Innovations (Issue Number 6 of 8), Cady Landa and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Training and Technical Assistance (Issue Number 7 of 8), Cady Landa and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Youth Leadership and Family Engagement (Issue Number 8 of 8), Cady Landa and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Community Life Engagement: Data Sources, Definitions, and Measurement (Engage: A Brief Look at Community Engagement, Issue No. 2, 2015), Oliver Lyons, Allison Hall, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Increasing Organizational Accountability and Performance: Activity Tracking for Employment Consultants, Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Jeanine Pavlak, Steve Aalto, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Introduction to Community Life Engagement (Engage: A Brief Look at Community Engagement, Issue No. 1, 2015), Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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CRP Organizational Change (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 2), ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Integrating Research, Training, and Knowledge Translation (Bringing Employment First to Scale, Issue No. 1), ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #1: Introduction, Values, and Major Themes, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #2: Transition from School to Work, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #3: Collaboration Across Agencies, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #4: Education and Training for Job Seekers, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #5: Processes Within State Agencies, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #6: Generation and Use of Data and Evidence, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Delphi Panel Findings, Brief #7: Paths Toward Fair Wages, Cindy Thomas, Jennifer Sulewski, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Interagency Collaboration (Issue Number 1 of 8), Jean Winsor, Cady Landa, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Data Note: State Intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies' Service Trends, Jean Winsor and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Emerging Practices, Transition: Funding Mechanisms (Issue Number 5 of 8), Jean Winsor and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

Submissions from 2014

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StateData: The National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, 2014, John Butterworth, Jean Winsor, Frank A. Smith, Alberto Migliore, Daria Domin, Jaimie Ciulla Timmons, Allison Cohen Hall, and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston

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Partnerships in Employment: What Matters Most: Research on Elevating Parent Expectations, TASH Town Hall, December 2014, Erik W. Carter and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston