Trainings & Webinars

The RTAC training staff uses a variety of mechanisms that provide interactive, participant-driven opportunities to translate research, share information, and inform practice and policy development.  Trainings and webinars facilitate the dissemination of products, curricula, and knowledge throughout the VR community, to other disability and employment service providers, and to disability advocacy organizations.

Upcoming Webinars:

Archived Webinars:

Approaches for Reporting Vendor Performance in Vocational Rehabilitation: A Benchmarking Study by Florida VR

November 21, 2013     Archived Webinar    Download Presentation (.ppt) (.rft)   Q & A

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Steven W. Collins (Florida) and Elizabeth Moody (Florida)
  • Topic: Steven W. Collins, Ph.D., Chief Bureau of Planning and Performance, and Libby Moody, MPA, Strategic Planning Coordinator give us an overview of the approaches that they used to report vendor performance in VR.

VR Renewal - Texas Style!

November 6, 2013     Archived Webinar    Download Presentation (.ppt) (.rft)  Q & A

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenter: Laura York (Texas)
  • Topic: Laura York, Director, Consumer Services at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Rehabilitation Services, gives an update on her VR-RTAC management project.

Data Driven Decision Making: The Virginia Experience

November 5, 2013     Archived Webinar   Captioning Transcript   Download Presentation (.ppt) (.rft)  Q & A

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenter: Barbara Burkett (Virginia)
  • Topic: Barbara Burkett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. Lead Analyst - Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services gives us an update on the role that data plays in her decision making process.

Quality Initiative - Sustaining Our Learning Organization

October 17, 2013      Archived Webinar    Download Presentation (.ppt)  (.rft)

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Lou Adams (Michigan), Sigrid Adams (Michigan), Cathy Cronick (Michigan), and Jean Williams (Michigan) 
  • Topic: Lou Adams, Acting Director; Sigrid Adams, Staff Development Unit Training Manager; Cathy Cronick, District Manager; and Jean Williams, Consultant - Staff Development Unit from the Michigan Rehabilitation Services give an update on the techniques that they are using to sustain their learning organization.

The Use of Business Intelligence Dashboards in Vocational Rehabilitation

October 15, 2013     Archived Webinar     Business Intelligence Dashboard Video   Q & A   Download Presentation 

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Michael Quinn(Alabama) and Milton Moats (Alabama)
  • Topic: Michael Quinn, Program Evaluation Coordinator, and Milton Moats, Rehabilitation Specialist from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services give an update on their experience with business intelligence dashboards.

Indiana VR - Supervision within a Virtual Environment

October 9, 2013       Archived Webinar        Download Presentation (.ppt) (.rtf)

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Jeffrey Hughes (Indiana)
  • Topic: Jeffrey Hughes, Region Manager - Vocational Rehabilitation Services gives an update on Indiana's experience with supervision in a virtual environment.

Reinventing Quality Assurance - The NJ-CBVI Experience

October 3, 2013       Archived Webinar             

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Michael Kosec (New Jersey) and John Walsh (New Jersey)
  • Topic: Michael Kosec, Quality Assurance Coordinator, and John Walsh, Coordinator - Vocational Rehabilitation Services from the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired give an update on their VR-RTAC program management project and their lessons learned over the past year.

Coming Together with Community Rehabilitation Providers 

August, 1, 2013                           Archived Webinar              

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Betsy Hokins (Maine), Karent Fraser (Maine), and Bob Burns
  • Topic: Betsy Hokins and the BRS QA Director, Karen Fraser from Maine give an update on their VR-RTAC program management project and their lessons learned over the past year.

Reseach and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) Mangement Model: Request for Participation Information Session

November 26, 2012                    Download presentation (.pdf) (.rtf)

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Bob Burns, John Halliday, Joe Marrone, Betsy Hopkins (Maine), John Walsh (New Jersey)
  • Topic: The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management is announcing a request for participation in a research project in November 2012 for the second cohort of a 12 month learning collaborative laboratory.  This webinar served as an information session for those interested in learning more.  

 

Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) Management Model: Request for Participation Information Session
November 16, 2011               Download Archived Webinar      Download presentation (.pdf) (.rtf)    

  • Target audience(s): State VR agencies
  • Presenters: Susan Foley, Bob Burns, and John Halliday
  • Topic: The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management released a request for participation in a research project in late November 2011 for a 12 month learning collaborative laboratory.  This webinar served as an information session for those interested in learning more.

 

Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) Management Model: Focus on Quality Assurance (QA)
May 18, 2010                           Download webinar          

  • Target audience(s): QA Community of Practice through National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials
  • Presenters: Susan Foley and Julisa Cully
  • Topic: The Research and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) on VR Program Management was introduced with a discussion of its purpose and goals. The presenters discussed how they will be looking at QA from a management perspective and how program evaluators and QA specialists may be able to use the RTAC.

 

Other: Developmental Evaluation (DE) Brown Bag Lunch

December 6, 2010                      Download handout

  • Target audience: RTAC research team
  • Presenter: Ann-Elise Wright
  • Topic: Michael Quinn Patton's Developmental Evaluation was presented as a model to be considered and discussed for use within the RTAC Management Labs. For further materials on this topic see:

-Patton, Michael Quinn. (2011). Developmental evaluation: Applying complexity concepts to enhance innovation and use. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. -Developmental Evaluation