Title Best Practice in Assessment and Classification Tools
Project Number 2010-1-SK1-LEO05-01563
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Specifically the objectives were:
1. To compare the medical & social models of assessment and determine areas for improvement
2. To introduce and mainstream new biopsychosocial assessment model /tools/ International Classification of Functioning,Disability and Health (ICF)
3. To transfer client training in Adjustment to Work incorporating assessment processes and a transportable Worker Qualification Profile for mobility
4. To recommend and train according to VR service delivery model that incorporates new assessment and adopts a case management / person-centered approach best practice
5. To test the model and adopt best practice.
Individuals with disabilities / disadvantages were not receiving adequate assessments, training and preparation to make them knowledgeable enough about their competencies and skills to find and keep a job. Even when they were able to obtain employment, they had difficulty maintaining work due to a lack of or misidentification of their aptitudes and skills for job matching. Repeating the job search process negatively have impacted their self-esteem, confidence and motivation.
Employers who recruited an individual with an impairment spent personnel and financial resources as an investment into the person's career and the company's productivity. They appreciated a much larger retention rate than what they were getting. They needed comfort and confidence that their contribution was not in vain and that the employee will last.
Providers of SE services need better methods and skills for completion of an initial needs assessment consistently and effectively in order to help the client develop and implement a sound plan of action. Similarly, they need case management training to provide quality support to the individual.
The result of these gaps in assessment and training at the client, employer and provider level was a large volume of individuals not properly and securely engaged with the workforce. The impact on a country's social systems and economy could be devastating. This project was designed to tackle these issues at all 3 levels. It aimed to introduce methodology and training that would assist with job matching processes and long term retention.
This project brought together partners from 3 countries, some who have worked together before in a complementary fashion, to achieve outcomes. Each partner had various levels of expertise in project and financial management, assessment, service design and delivery, disability management, VR, SE, curriculum development, professional practice, quality assurance, research and reporting.
Outputs were: assessment tools and protocols, models, Adjustment to Work course, VR Consultant / Job Retention Case Management curriculum, Curriculum manual in International Classification in Functioning, Disability and Health(ICF), Final conference
Intangible outcomes: increased client /employer awareness / satisfaction, long term job retention, more individuals in work provider skills decreased drain
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Product number 1: Report of Analysis of initial and actual statuts in assessment processes in SR and EU (Printed version, CD ROM of printed manual)
Product number 2: Curriculum and training materials of ICF implementation (Printed version – book, CD of printed version, DVD)
Product number 3:Biopsychosocial assessment model, protocols, procedures and tools (CD ROM of printed version, DVD interactive /music, event
Product number 4: Worker Qualification Profile (CD ROM – interactive with training manual/music, Event)
Product number 5: New programme and certification for professionals working in the field. Includes train the trainers (Printed version – training manul/publication/, CD ROM of printed version/interactive/music, Training Event)
Product number 6: Website (common informative version)
Product number 7: Final Conference Almanac (Printed version, CD ROM of printed version)
Product number 8: Evaluation and dissemination report /Printed version)