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 Social Security Administration September 2018 Annual Report on Section 234 Demonstration Projects.

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
Supported Employment Demonstration
Mental Health Treatment Study
Promoting Opportunity Demonstration
Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD)