Vocational services research: recommendations for next stage of work

J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(1):101-19. doi: 10.1682/jrrd.2010.06.0105.


As the field of vocational services (VS) research matures, it is necessary to review its progress and identify any important gaps in measurement and methodology that may hamper future efforts. To encourage progress, we have identified (1) ways to increase consistency in measuring employment outcomes, (2) emerging patterns and lingering gaps in the range of variables and measures commonly used in VS research, (3) broader methodological patterns and needs in the area of study design and sampling, (4) interventions that warrant additional study, and (5) broad strategies to increase the overall amount and quality of VS research. The goal of this article is to assist the field in achieving clearer coherence in shared expectations and standards for research so that the field can consolidate its gains as it helps people successfully return to rewarding jobs in the community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Employment*
  • Humans
  • Occupations
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational*
  • Research / standards*