Rehabilitation Indicators and Program Evaluation

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The Rehabilitation Indicators (RI) Project originated as a response by Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association to President Nixon's veto of the initial version of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The RIs were intended to provide a multifaceted, flexible means of measuring the impact of rehabilitation services on clients and patients with a wide range of disabling conditions and in a broad array of service settings. The major principles guiding the creation of the RIs are presented, and the four types of RI instruments now developed or in the planning stage are described: Skill Indicators (SKIs), Status Indicators (SIs), Activity Pattern Indicators (APIs), and Environmental Indicators (EIs). RI reliability and validity are discussed, and supportive data are provided. Several field projects in which the RIs were used for purposes of program evaluation are described.

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