Systematic Review of Research Related to Service Delivery and Outcomes following Vocational Evaluation or Career Assessment Services

ATTENTION: 
Graduate students in search of research project
Systematic Review of Research
Related to Service Delivery and Outcomes following Vocational Evaluation
or Career Assessment Services
Sponsor

The Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (VECAP)
Purpose
The field of Vocational Evaluation/Career Assessment is strongly interested in establishing a record of the outcomes as a result of a vocational evaluation or career assessment services. While a number of articles have appeared in professional journals, Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI) publications, and presentations over the last 25 years, few if any were a systematic review of the results. Additionally, publications and presentations have brought forth principles and practices outlining best practices. The links between the best practices and outcomes are slender. We hope to establish a single source that evaluation specialists and future researchers can use to further develop the field. Additionally, we want to provide a resource that practitioners can use to promote and defend their work.
VECAP is willing to sponsor a qualified graduate student (or graduate student team, including faculty) to work with a recognized professor/researcher to conduct a systematic literature review to identify positive outcomes in the field of vocational evaluation/career assessment, the best practices underlying those outcomes, recommendations for further research needed, and implications for practice. Thus, we hope that any vocational evaluator could say to an administrator, to parents, to groups, to colleagues: When a trained vocational evaluator, utilizing best practices, provides evaluative services, here are the positive outcomes that occur.
Stipend
VECAP will offer a stipend of $1000 to a graduate student (or $1500 to a graduate student team, this may include faculty) to conduct this project during the 2016-17 scholastic year, completion date of May 31, 2017. There will also be financial support to present the findings at the 17th National Issues Forum in October 2017.
Deliverables
  • Submit results for publication to the VECAP Journal by May 31, 2017
  • Use the results to develop a printable one page Fact Sheet that VECAP can distribute and post on our web site.
  • Present findings at the Fall 2017 National Issues Forum.
Deadline for submission: October 7, 2016
Applicant Materials
To apply, please submit the following, in electronic or hard copy form:
  • Name and contact information; (if a Team, designate a Primary contact and include this information for each member);
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae; please highlight any relevant project skills/experience; some vocational evaluation background will be preferred.
  • Letter of support from Department Chair or Faculty Mentor, indicating supports such as advisement, place to conduct study, etc.
  • Outline of plan to complete this project, including reporting checkpoints.
Submit materials to
Samuel Castiglione, D.Ed., PVE, NCSP (ret.)
VECAP President-Elect
Elements with example publications
 
A. Research, on V.E. outcomes, cross-validated or subjected to meta-analysis, such as:
  • Cole, T. (2001). Vocational assessment and employment- What makes the difference? In R. Fry (Ed.) The issues papers: Tenth national forum in vocational evaluation, assessment and work adjustment (pp. 266-281). Menomonie, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Cresap, L.A. (1987). A study of the influence of vocational evaluation on the career progress of 268 special education high school students.  In R.R. Fry (Ed.), Third National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment and Evaluation. (pp.99-101). Menomonie, WI: Materials Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Dean, D., Ashley, J., Schmidt, R., & Rowe, K. (2006). The long-term impact of comprehensive vocational assessment for youth with disabilities in transition: Evaluation of Virgina’s Post-secondary Education/Rehabilitation Transition (PERT)”. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals 2(2), 14-32.
  • Homa, D. (2007). The impact of vocational evaluation on outcomes in the vocational rehabilitation services program. In R. McDaniel (Ed.), The issues papers: The thirteenth national forum on issues in vocational assessment. (pp. 119-125.) Montgomery, AL: Davis Direct, Inc.
  • Thomas, S., Hiltenbrand, D., & Tibbs, S. (1997). A new look at outcomes: Validating the vocational evaluation and work adjustment processes in the contemporary setting. In R. Fry (Ed.), The issues papers: Eighth national forum on issues in vocational assessment (pp. 117-126). Menomonie, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Ward-Ross, L.E. (1985). Contributions of vocational evaluators’ recommendations to client rehabilitation success.  Unpublished master’s thesis. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
  • Willis, J., McDaniel,R., & Kraska. M. (2014, Fall). Vocational evaluation: The impact on employment outcomes. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Journal, 9(2), 16-27.
B. Research on related outcomes such as:
  • Beveridge, S., & Fabian, E. (2007). Vocational rehabilitation outcomes: relationship between individualized plan for employment goals and employment outcomes. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 50(4), 238-239.
C. Best Practices, including:
  • Betters, C. J. & Sligar, S.R. (2015). The tools of the trade: A national study on tool utilization in vocational evaluation. [Special issue]. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association Journal and Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Journal, 8-16.
  • Castiglione, S., Ashley, J., Hamilton, M., Leconte, P., McConnell, J. O’Brien, M., Scott, N., & Uliana, D.  (2010) VECAP White Paper on Functional Vocational Evaluation. VECAP Journal, Spring. 49-58.
  • Castiglione, S. (2011). The case for using two career interest surveys: Research and Reasoning. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Journal, Spring, 7(1), Special Issue, 43-56 .
  • Castiglione, S. (in press) Triangulation of cognitive factors in vocational evaluation: More authentic assessment.  VECAP Journal.
  • Hemme, J. & Perry, V. (2014, Fall). Goodwill vocational evaluation best practices symposium. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Journal, 9(2),  28-31.
  • Schuster, D. & Sittlington, P. (1997) The Position Paper of the Interdisciplinary Council on Vocational Evaluation and Assessment, in R. Fry (Eds.) Eighth National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment (pp.1-3). Menomonie, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Smith, F., Lombard, R., Neubert, D., Leconte, P., Rothenbacher,C., & Sittlington, P. (1994) The Position Paper of the Interdisciplinary Council on Vocational Evaluation and Assessment, Fall 1993, The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, (17), 41-42.
  • Smith. F., Leconte, P., & Vitelli, E. (2012) The VECAP position paper on universal design for learning for career assessment and vocational evaluation. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Journal, 8(1), 13-26.