Identifying Promising Practices in Family Support Services

Joe Caldwell, PI; Katie Arnold, Co-PI

Promising Practices can be defined as practices that are considered as successful in one setting and hold potential for application in other settings with or without additional modifications. Identifying Promising Practices in the area of Family Support is an effective way to translate knowledge across local settings and states. The process can include inputs from both aging and disability knowledge, which contributes to new approaches and practices. This project will identify Promising Practices by soliciting inputs from stakeholders in the aging and disability communities, investigate candidate Promising Practices, and evaluate and prioritize the outcomes.

In addition to the latter, this project will include identifying and assessing methods for monitoring, tracking, and evaluating states approaches to supporting families. A panel of experts will examine a comprehensive inventory of existing data sources and characteristics to determine the best methods for creating a state family support data collection system across aging and disabilities. This system will facilitate meaningful state comparison to be made to advocates, policy makers and analysts, and will highlight emerging innovations. Ultimately this research project will provide substantive and methodological insights stimulating improvement in states LTSS for families of individuals with disabilities. A report and research briefs will be produced to illustrate the final results.

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