. "3 A Framework for Research in the Disability Decision Process." The Social Security Administration's Disability Decision Process: A Framework for Research, Second Interim Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1998.
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The Social Security Administration's Disability Decision Process: A Framework for Research, Second Interim Report
What are the goals and purposes of the research?
What are the nature, extent, and potential etiologies of the problems with the current disability decision process?
Based on the problem analysis, what options might be developed to alleviate the problems?
Will a proposed redesigned disability decision process be workable?
Will a proposed redesigned decision process alleviate the current problems; might it create other problems?
These and other questions provide an initial conceptual framework of issues and methods for a research plan to assess a proposed redesigned disability decision process as a workable solution to current problems (see Table 3-1).
Table 3-1Issues and Methods To Be Addressed in a Framework for a Research Plan for a New Disability Decision Process
1. What is the nature and extent of the problem with the disability decision process?
Needs assessment research
• Special surveys and analytic studies
• Assembly of existing internal and external data
• Satisfaction surveys
• Analysis of data from studies using established evaluative criteria
• Focus groups
2. What alternative solutions might address these problems?
Identify alternative options
• Review and analysis of research literature
• Specially targeted research
• Laboratory research and pilot studies and demonstrations
• Field tests
• Focus groups
• Process engineering assessments
• National surveys
3. Will the proposed disability decision process be workable, and will it alleviate the problems?
Program evaluation and transition to implementation
• Clinical trials
• Evaluation studies of the proposed decision process using the established criteria