Award Date

8-2011

Degree Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

First Committee Member

Christopher Stream, Chair

Number of Pages

27

Abstract

This paper evaluates the outcome of independent living (IL) services provided to clients with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) by a local non-profit organization, Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently (RAGE). Agency services are directed at increasing client self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, and maintenance of least restrictive living environment. Secondary data provided by RAGE for 22 SCI clients who received services in FY10 was used in the evaluation. Outcomes were measured for living arrangement at case closure, impact of services on client’s life, and cost effectiveness of services provided. Descriptive statistical analysis of the data revealed successful outcomes for all 22 SCI clients. All clients reported a decrease in functional limitation allowing them to maintain or attain the least restrictive living arrangement following provision of services. Service costs were higher for clients with 0-14 years post disability onset indicating that services were provided to the clients with the most need, either at onset of injury or to upgrade services. The report includes short and long-term recommendations to the agency for service delivery enhancement and improvement in data collection for future studies.

Keywords

Community integration; Independent living; Least restrictive living environment; Nonprofit organizations; People with disabilities — Housing; Spinal cord – Wounds and injuries – Patients

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Medicine and Health | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Social Work

Language

English

Comments

Summary, Appendix and Presentation attached

Attached file: 19 PowerPoint slides

PArmour-DMoulton-APruett_Summary-RAGEProgram_2011.pdf (26 kB)
Independent Living Program Evaluation for Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently Summary

PArmour-DMoulton-APruett_Appendices-RAGEProgram_2011.pdf (1150 kB)
Appendices

PArmour-DMoulton-APruett_PPt-RAGEProgram_2011.pdf (248 kB)
Rebuilding All Goals Efficiently (RAGE) Presentation