Over the past several decades, the U.S. Social Security Administration has tested new policies and programs to improve beneficiary work outcomes. These demonstrations have covered most aspects of the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and populations and have addressed topics including family supports, children, informational notices, changes to benefit calculations, and a variety of employment services and program waivers.

This event and the subsequent volume summarize lessons learned about which policies, programs, and other operational decisions could provide effective supports for disability beneficiaries who want to work.


When available, we will post on this page free electronic versions of the papers from the meeting.


We held a virtual state of the science meeting on June 15, 2021 to discuss the lessons learned from our past demonstrations. To find out more about the event, including accessing the slides and learning about the planned release of a published volume of the papers in the fall, please see our contractor's website at: