Kentucky Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration: Final Evaluation Report

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Sep 28, 2017
Purvi Sevak, Frank Martin, Gina Livermore, Todd Honeycutt, and Eric Morris

Key Findings:

  • The innovations increased the likelihood of applicants’ obtaining a signed IPE within 30 days of application by 17 percentage points (from 10 percent to 27 percent)
  • The innovations increased the likelihood of applicants’ closing with competitive employment by 8 percentage points (from about 17 percent to nearly 26 percent)
  • Kentucky’s VR staff attributed the success of the SGA Project primarily to the faster pace of services and the financial counseling and education innovation
  • An important implication of the findings for other VR agencies is that a faster pace of VR services is possible without negative consequences  
The SGA Project demonstration involved the design, implementation, and testing of innovations designed to improve the employment outcomes of nonblind state vocational rehabilitation (VR) clients receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Two states—Kentucky and Minnesota—participated in the demonstration. This report presents findings on Kentucky’s experience in implementing the SGA Project innovations and client outcomes during the first two years of the demonstration. By that time, the innovations increased the likelihood that clients exited VR with competitive employment (by 8 percentage points) and exited with SGA level earnings (by nearly 6 percentage points).

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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Eric Morris
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Purvi Sevak
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Gina Livermore
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Todd Honeycutt
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Frank Martin
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