What are demonstration projects?

Social Security conducts numerous research and demonstration projects to study ways to improve services to our current and future beneficiaries. We support a number of demonstrations and projects intended to address the broad needs of beneficiaries with disabilities. These projects can lead to ways to better serve individuals with disabilities including potentially changing program rules to allow for better coordination among other Federal and State programs. We also receive funding for projects through specific congressional mandates. These projects support specific program changes or outreach activities targeted to populations in particular need.

Each year, we send a demonstration project report to Congress. The most recent report is the 2022 Annual Report on Section 234 Demonstration Projects.

We held a virtual state of the science meeting in June 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 Lessons Learned project page.

Choose a link in the table below to read information on each of our demonstration projects.
Accelerated Benefits
Benefit Offset - Four-State Pilot
Benefit Offset - National Demonstration
Disability Program Navigator (DPN)
Mental Health Treatment Study
Promoting Opportunity Demonstration
Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE)
Promoting Work Through Early Intervention Project (PWEIP)
Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN)
State Partnership Initiative (SPI)
Supported Employment Demonstration
Technical Expert Panels (TEPS)
Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD)