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Longitudinal Study

August 31, 1998

TO: Members, Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

FROM: Mary Jo Nichols

RE: Partners in Policymaking™ Longitudinal Study

Each year, the Council allocates funds to complete the external evaluations for the Partners in policymaking program. These evaluations include longitudinal studies to determine the long term benefits of the program, the extent to which Partners graduates continue to be involved in leadership activities, and how the leadership skills taught during Partners are being used and making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and families.

The most recent longitudinal study of Minnesota Partners in Policymaking graduates was conducted for Year VII through Year X, a total of seven classes. This study was completed by Tom Zirpoli, Ph.D, in August 1998.

Please let us know if you would like a copy of the complete study. Following is a summary of the resuIts:

Activity Year/Location (if applicable)
Year VII Year VIII
Metro
Year VIII
Moorhead
Year IX
SW
Year IX
NW
Year X
Metro
Year X
Metro
Ability to get
appropriate
services
86%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
Skills related
to appropriate
services
57%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
100%
most/
some of
the time
Rate current
advocacy
skills
71%
good to
excellent
86%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
92%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent
100%
good to
excellent

Graduates are asked to note significant life changes in the areas of housing, education, employment, family support, case management, technology, health care, and friendships that they attribute to their Partners experience. Following are highlights from each of these areas:

Partners graduates identified the skills that they learned during the program and still use today, an indicator of the long-term value of the program:

Other comments included:

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