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Technical Assistance Project 1:
Outcome Measurement Consultation


Why is this activity needed?

Outcome measurement consultation provides a mechanism to serve organizations of consumers, service providers, payers, policy makers and researchers who have outcome measurement needs. The technical assistance activities for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) will be provided to a wide range of key rehabilitation stakeholders with diverse needs and backgrounds. We will collaborate with stakeholders to understand the nature of the assistance issue, match consultation services to needs and evaluate to ensure services provided meet client expectations and needs.

How will this study help patients and rehabilitation stakeholders?

RRTC staff will help organizations define their issues in monitoring program quality and outcome. They can lend their expertise to organizations seeking advice on selection of measures that are appropriate for measuring rehabilitation outcomes. RRTC staff will lend their expertise in suggesting ways organizations can help their members implement quality improvement plans.

What are the project objectives?

The objectives of this activity are:

  • To help organizations define issues in monitoring program quality and outcome,
  • To apply the expertise of study personnel in measurement, development of outcomes instruments and statistical analyses, and
  • Assist rehabilitation stakeholders to develop plans to use outcome information to improve rehabilitation outcomes.

How will the project objectives be achieved?

Technical assistance will be provided throughout the 5 years of this RRTC. Staff will lend their expertise to organizations seeking advice on the selection of measures that are appropriate for measuring rehabilitation outcomes, statistical analysis of outcomes data, and presentation of quality improvement data to rehabilitation stakeholders.

What agency funded the project?

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

What is the duration of the project?

December 01, 2004 – November 30, 2009

Project Staff


Principal Investigator:

Allen Heinemann, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


Jennifer Bogner, Ph.D.
C.A. Brooks, Ph.D.
John Corrigan, Ph.D.
Anne Deutsch, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Durkin, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Richard Gershon, Ph.D., Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
Jin-Shei Lai, Ph.D.
Trudy Mallinson, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Joy Hammel, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago
Dan Taylor, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Gale Whitenick, Ph.D.
Michael Wolf, Ph.D.

Related Project Research Web Sites

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)

Contact Information

For researchers and students
Allen Heinemann, Ph.D.

For members of the media