Graduate students in search of research project
Systematic Review of Research
Related to Service Delivery and Outcomes following Vocational Evaluation
or Career Assessment Services
The Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (VECAP)
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.
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.
Deadline for submission: October 7, 2016
To apply, please submit the following, in electronic or hard copy form:
Submit materials to
Samuel Castiglione, D.Ed., PVE, NCSP (ret.)
Elements with example publications
A. Research, on V.E. outcomes, cross-validated or subjected to meta-analysis, such as:
B. Research on related outcomes such as:
C. Best Practices, including: