Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE)



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The CORE serves as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding research and evaluation; serves as a representative voice of the research and evaluation activities within the AUCD Network; and influences the development and implementation of initiatives relevant to achieving and sustaining appropriate research and evaluation activities to guide the development of national policies.


How CORE Relates to AUCD and Its Work

The CORE fulfills its purpose and the mission of AUCD and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the mandate for research and evaluation. The Council helps the association to:

  • Set and accomplish its research goals specified in the AUCD Strategic Map.
  • Carry out training activities to inform network members on important and emerging research and evaluation topics.
  • Develop the research capacity of each network member to conduct quality research and sound evaluation activities.
  • Identify topics of common interests to network members and develop recommendations to the AUCD Board.
  • Lead the Network in involving people with disabilities and their family members to participate in research and evaluation activities.



The Council on Research and Evaluation, known as CORE, is made up of individuals whose work is related to or who is interested in research and evaluation. CORE members are from each Center and program across the AUCD network. Membership is open to anyone in the AUCD network who chooses to join the CORE by selecting the CORE in their AUCD Directory. Each network member can also designate an individual representative who will cast one vote when a matter before the Council requires such an action. Members of the CORE are expected to attend the membership meeting during AUCD Annual Conferences and quarterly conference calls.


2018 Focus Areas

The 2018 CORE annual plan includes:

  • Involving individuals with disabilities as researchers in research teams by developing recommendations for working with university IRBs, by sponsoring a Driving Change session on this topic during the 2018 AUCD Conference, and by editing a book focusing on participatory research.
  • Providing training to Network members on how to evaluate the UCEDD core grants.
  • Develop recommendations to the Network on accessible methods of data visualization for people with disabilities.

CORE Leadership

Chair: Dan Zhang, Ph.D.



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Grant Awarded for Data Collection and Research Pertaining to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MA UCEDD/LEND)

ICI's ThinkWork project received a continuation of its data grant, Access to Integrated Employment: National Data Collection on Day and Employment Services for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The grant totals $400,000 per year for a period of five years starting on September 1, 2018. This is the latest renewal of a long-running grant that has been housed at the ICI since the 1980s.



IDHD Student Visits Wolfensberger Archives (UCEDD IL)

In the summer of 2018, the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UCEDD for Illinois, sent PhD student Drew Egli to visit the Wolfensberger Archives in Omaha, Nebraska. Wolf Wolfensberger is a prominent name in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, he is probably best known for his advocacy and research that contributed to the deinstitutionalization movement and to a paradigm shift towards community inclusion that brought a sea change in thinking about people with disabilities.



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Member Receives $2.3 Million NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Reyna Gordon, Ph.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) member, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award of $2.3 million in total costs for her project, "Biomarkers of Rhythmic Communication: Integrating Foundational and Translational Approaches."



Think College Directors Receive Leadership Award (MA UCEDD/LEND)

The directors of Think College and authors of the acclaimed Think College! Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Meg Grigal and Debra Hart, were awarded the George Jesien National Leadership Award at the State of the Art Conference in Syracuse University. Grigal and Hart have guided the development of federal and state policy and have informed the research and practice of thousands of educators. Their work has paved the way for the development of inclusive post-secondary education programs across the country and abroad.


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