Findings from a Study of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative. Study Objectives and Research Questions

12/15/2009

The objectives of the SOAR evaluation were to (1) provide a comprehensive description of SOAR activities, (2) examine the outputs and some of the short-term outcomes that may be associated with SOAR processes, (3) assess the factors that appear to be associated with successful implementation of the initiative, and (4) describe ways in which the initiative might be improved at either the state or federal level. To meet the objectives, we addressed the following specific research questions:

  • How and how well does the strategic planning process work?
  • How and how well are the TTT sessions conducted?
  • What kinds of ongoing TA have states requested and received?
  • How and how well are the in-state trainings conducted? How many trainings have been conducted? What are the goals and objectives of the trainings? When and where have the trainings been held? Who has participated in the trainings? How successful have the efforts been to train case managers with the SSTR curriculum?
  • To what extent have state and local stakeholders contributed to SOAR since the strategic planning forum?
  • To what extent are in-state training participants implementing SOAR on the ground?
  • How and how well do states/localities track SOAR outcomes?
  • To what extent and are individuals who are homeless and states benefitting from SOAR?
  • What does the future hold for SOAR?

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