The IOD places great emphasis on research and evaluation, working to incorporate them into many IOD programs. Whether project teams are collecting and analyzing data, facilitating focus groups and surveys, conducting model demonstration projects, or evaluating project outcomes, IOD research is fueling the application of promising practices that positively impact services, systems, and public policy.
The IOD collaborates with several academic and research groups in New Hampshire. These include the Carsey Institute at UNH, the Institute of Health Policy and Practice at UNH, various programs and departments within UNH, the Institute of Health Policy and Practice at Franklin Pierce Law Center, the Dartmouth Medical School, and the NH Research Group. The IOD also works closely with local, state, and federal agencies to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
The IOD’s research team is a multi-disciplinary group with backgrounds in education, autism, early childhood, employment, sustainable transportation, public policy, aging and long term care, positive behavioral supports, professional development, self determination, communication sciences and disorders, community development, literacy, developmental disabilities, and mental health. Research staffs possess training and expertise in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including case study, interview, observation, focus group, quasi-experimental design, participatory action research, and survey design. We apply our collective expertise to a broad range of disability topics to inform members of the disability community, policy makers, advocates, other stakeholders, as well as members of the general public. Our research emphasizes sound theory, collaboration with stakeholders, and the applicability of research results.
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