Findings from a Study of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative. Looking Ahead

12/15/2009

The extent to which states achieved SOAR outcomes depended on how much time and resources stakeholders invested in the initiative. Ongoing success required sustained leadership and structured communication between all stakeholders. Strategically targeting partners with continued commitment to SOAR, however, was equally important; states with fewer, committed partners had more success than those with numerous partners whose contributions were minimal and/or faded over time. The TA contractor provided states with solid training and support, but to a large degree, the extent to which states succeeded in implementing SOAR depended on factors outside of the TA contractor's control. Nonetheless, federal funders and the TA contractor could spark improved in-state commitment and collaboration. The next chapter discusses considerations for facilitating such improvements.

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