IOD at UNH (NH UCEDD) Awarded Grant to Improve National Disability Data
October 15, 2013
The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a 5 year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This is another five year renewal of the grant, titled the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), which works towards improving knowledge about and access to existing disability data, and generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination.
The goal of the StatsRRTC project is to narrow and actively bridge the divide between the producers and end users of disability statistics, thereby supporting better data collection, more accurate information, better decision-making, more effective programs, and better lives for people with disabilities. Many of the projects will consist of timely and high-quality data analyses which inform policy. These projects address highly relevant and current policy issues increasing the likelihood that the data will be used by policymakers to make informed, evidence-based decisions about programs and policies that impact people with disabilities, particularly those related to disparities in various outcomes for people with and without disabilities and trends for program participation.