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July 29, 2021
POD Special Topics Report

We have posted the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration: Summary of Findings. This brief summarizes the findings in the POD Interim Evaluation Report and provides plausible reasons why the $1-for-$2 benefit offset had no effects on key outcomes after the first year of POD’s implementation.

April 16, 2021
Promoting Opportunity Demonstration: Interim Evaluation Report

We have posted the POD Interim Evaluation Report. The report presents interim findings related to the process, participation, and impact outcomes of POD enrollees through 2019—the first year after we completed all POD enrollment activities. The report presents key feature of POD implementation and enrollment, POD counseling services, POD withdraws, and benefit offset use.

October 9, 2020
POD Evaluation Report

We have posted the POD POD Recruitment and Random Assignment Report.  This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the recruitment effort to identify, solicit, and enroll volunteers for POD. It presents insights about who enrolled in POD and how they differed from non-volunteers, information about how enrollees were assigned to research groups that will be used to measure the impacts of POD, and an early assessment of withdrawals from POD. These findings can be used as the basis for understanding and interpreting POD evaluation results that will be presented in future reports.

September 21, 2020
POD Special Topics Report

We have posted the Policy Brief entitled, Promoting Opportunity Demonstration: POD BOND Comparison Report. This brief contains a detailed comparison of POD and the 2nd stage BOND and explains the benefit offset rules and recruitment processes, summarizes characteristics of beneficiaries who enrolled in the demonstrations, and analyzes early use of the benefit offset.

September 18, 2020
Final Enrollment Analysis Report Released

We posted a new report on the Supported Employment Demonstration. This report shows the types of individuals who enrolled in the demonstration, how they compare to those who did not enroll, and the factors associated with enrollment. To access the report and its appendices, select Final Enrollment Analysis Report (appendices).

September 9, 2020
PROMISE Report Released

We posted new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. This report presents information on the relationship between family service use and youth outcomes. To access the report, select PROMISE Family Services Report.

August 28, 2020
RETAIN Report Released

We posted a new report on the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) project. This brief presents findings on state- and county- level SSA administrative data to introduce the RETAIN demonstration and its objectives to a broad audience and to support RETAIN states in their planning for the second phase of the demonstration. To access the report, select Retain.

August 25, 2020
POD Special Topics Report

We have posted a new special topics report titled, “Promoting Opportunity Demonstration: Effectiveness of Reminder Messages for Recruitment”. The report is a policy brief that summarizes findings from an experiment conducted during POD enrollment to assess messaging strategies for final reminder postcards sent to 146,548 beneficiaries.

June 16, 2020
Red Book (English/Spanish Versions)

We have posted the current version of the Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. 

October 28, 2019
BOND Snapshot Reports for 2016

We have posted the two Snapshot Reports to the BOND webpage: Stage-1 Snapshot Report and Stage-2 Snapshot Report. These reports summarize the Benefit Offset National Demonstration and the estimated impacts on earnings and benefits for the sixth-year of the demonstration (2016).

October 22, 2019
Annual Section 234 Report

We have posted the annual report that details the ongoing progress of the ORDES demonstration efforts, as required by Section 234 of the Social Security Act.

August 28, 2019
2019 Red Book (English/Spanish Versions)

We have posted the 2019 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2019 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.  This year we have included some specific information about resources to assist youth with the transition to a successful adulthood.

August 27, 2019

We have posted reports on the Disability Research site on recent Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) we convened to obtain guidance as we develop potential demonstrations. These TEPs provide a forum for stakeholders and other experts to provide interactive feedback on the proposed demonstrations. The reports highlight the work of the TEPs on three demonstration topics.

July 25, 2019

PROMISE Interim Services and Impact Report
We have posted a new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The Interim Services and Impact Report presents the estimated impacts of the six PROMISE programs on outcomes related to service receipt, education, employment, expectations, health insurance coverage, income, and youth self-determination.  It also reports on participation in SSA and other public assistance programs for families.  We have also posted an extensive technical appendix to the report and an executive summary

February 27, 2019

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Awards
In October 2018, we awarded a contract to Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) to evaluate the state RETAIN projects. RETAIN is a joint initiative with the Department of Labor testing promising early intervention strategies aimed at improving labor force participation and reducing the need for long-term disability benefits (SSDI and SSI) among individuals experiencing the early stages of work disruption due to an injury, illness, or disability. In September 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) awarded cooperative agreements to eight states (California, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington) to conduct initial planning and pilot activities. The state projects will test a variety of ways to improve the early coordination of health care and employment-related supports and services for participating workers, including training health care providers in occupational health best practices and facilitating communication and return-to-work efforts between workers, their employers, and their health care providers. For more information about our RETAIN evaluation, visit our RETAIN project page.  For more information on the RETAIN state projects, see the Department of Labor’s RETAIN web site.

February 21, 2019
POD Recruitment Pilot Report

We have posted a new special topic report about a Recruitment Pilot Test on the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD) project. This paper details the four recruitment outreach methods that were used in the first two months of POD recruitment (January and February of 2018) and their impacts.

December 18, 2018
PROMISE Process Analyses

We have posted new process reports on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The reports document the interventions provided in California and the consortium of western states (ASPIRE). These are the final process reports for the PROMISE national evaluation.  

December 14, 2018
PROMISE and Federal Programs

We have posted a new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report describes how the PROMISE projects fit into the landscape of federal programs for youth with disabilities.

December 11, 2018
BOND Final Evaluation Report

We have posted the BOND Final Evaluation Report to the BOND webpage. This report, along with the Appendices, summarizes the Benefit Offset National Demonstration and the estimated impacts on earnings and benefits from the start of the demonstration (2010) through 2016. It also includes a benefit-cost analysis of this experiment.

November 28, 2018
PROMISE Process Analyses

We have posted a new process report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report documents the intervention provided in New York. Reports on the California and ASPIRE projects are expected to be released later this year. We previously posted reports on the Arkansas, Maryland, and Wisconsin projects.

November 9, 2018
PROMISE and Effective Transition Practices 

We have posted a new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report describes how each PROMISE projects' services are consistent with best practices in serving transition-age youth with disabilities as described in the Effective Practices and Predictors matrix maintained by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and Guideposts for Success developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

October 25, 2018
POD Evaluation Design Report

We have posted the POD Evaluation Design Report on the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration page. This report, along with the Appendices and Addendum, details the design of the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration, a study that tests simplified work incentives and a benefit offset (similar to BOND). It highlights what questions the study will answer and what data will be collected.

September 20, 2018
PROMISE Process Analyses

We have posted the three process reports on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The reports document the interventions provided in three of the six projects: Maryland, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. Reports on the remaining three projects (New York, California, and ASPIRE) are expected to be released later this year.

September  09, 2018
Annual Section 234 Report

We have posted the annual report that details the ongoing progress of the ORDES demonstration efforts, as required by Section 234 of the Social Security Act.

July  31, 2018
2018 Red Book (English/Spanish Versions)

We have posted the 2018 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2018 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.  This year we have included some specific information about resources to assist youth with the transition to a successful adulthood.

July 20, 2018

Disability Analysis File Public Use File

A new Disability Analysis File (DAF) public use file and documentation are now available on the DAF PUF page. The DAF is a set of files containing SSA administrative data on federal disability beneficiaries, culled from a variety of SSA sources. It contains data related to program participation, employment activity, and benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and Full Retirement Age who have received disability benefits in any month since 1996. It also includes data on SSI child recipients aged 10 to 17 who have received benefits since 2005. The DAF public use file contains the DAF data elements that are of broadest interest for a random 10 percent sample of the SSI and SSDI beneficiaries included in the full DAF.

July 23, 2018

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Funding Opportunity Announcement

On May 24, the Department of Labor posted a Funding Opportunity Announcement, announcing the availability of approximately $20,000,000 in cooperative agreement funds for Phase 1 of the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration. RETAIN is a joint initiative with SSA that will test promising early intervention strategies aimed at improving labor force participation and reducing the need for long-term disability benefits (DI and SSI) among individuals experiencing the early stages of work disruption due to an injury, illness, or disability. The Phase 1 cooperative awards will fund up to eight state workforce agencies (and other partners) to conduct planning and start-up activities, including the launch of a small pilot demonstration, over an 18-month period. Applications must be received by July 23, 2018. The FOA can be found on the Grants.Gov page.

April 18, 2018

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network Evaluation Request for Proposals

We have posted a request for proposals (RFP) on FedBizOpps to evaluate the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration. RETAIN is a joint demonstration with the Department of Labor that will test promising early intervention strategies aimed at improving labor force participation and reducing the need for long-term disability benefits (DI and SSI) among individuals experiencing the early stages of work disruption due to an injury, illness, or disability. The RFP will be open until June 4th, 2018, with questions due by May 1st, 2018. The RFP can be found on the RETAIN Evaluation FedBizOpps page.  

March 23, 2018

National Beneficiary Survey: Disability Statistics, 2015

We have posted the National Beneficiary Survey: Disability Statistics, 2015 report. This report provides key descriptive statistics from the 2015 NBS, including beneficiary characteristics and health, program and service participation, employment interest and activity, job characteristics, and benefits and employment interaction. The NBS, sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, collects data on a wide range of variables not available in SSA’s administrative systems. For more information about the NBS, including documentation and public use files, please visit the NBS page.

Feb 21, 2018

BOND Stage-1 (2017) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-1 (2017) Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report. The report documents results of the Stage 1 process and participation analysis through the sixth year of implementation (2016) and presents estimates of impacts on earnings and benefit outcomes during the fifth calendar year of implementation (2015). The report also describes the prevalence and size of overpayments and the impact of the benefit offset on overpayments between May 2011 and December 2014.

Jan 24, 2018

BOND Stage-2 (2017) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-2 (2017) Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report. This report documents results of the BOND Stage 2 earnings and benefit analyses through the fifth calendar year of implementation (2015), process and participation analyses for 2016, overpayments analysis through 2014, and analyses of survey data reflecting beneficiaries’ experiences after 3 years in the BOND study.

January 3, 2018

Request for Information on Strategies to Improve Adult Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

We published a Request for Information on Strategies to Improve Adult Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in the Federal Register. SSA is seeking public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving SSI. The input we receive will inform our deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.