The Evidence for Employment Interventions for People with Disabilities: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What’s Promising

David Mann

Co-sponsored by the URI John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service 

David Mann is a senior researcher at Mathematica. His research focuses on programs that provide employment or income support to youth and working age adults with disabilities. Mann has helped evaluate Social Security Administration initiatives that promote employment for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, including Ticket to Work, the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND), and the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD). He has also played a key role in several projects examining the outcomes of vocational rehabilitation customers, including transition age youth with disabilities. For example, Mann is currently leading the impact evaluation of a Rehabilitation Services Administration funded demonstration examining an empirically supported work-based transition model for transition age youth with disabilities. Mann oversees Mathematica’s work for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to produce new knowledge that can improve the well-being of people with disabilities. He was principal investigator in disability employment policy for the Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR), which is improving the accessibility of research evidence for policymakers and stakeholders. Mann publishes in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Demography, and Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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