LEND Outcomes Study


Although evidence from completion of the NIRS Graduate Survey shows that professionals and advocates who have completed LEND training are engaged in interdisciplinary leadership activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities, the network currently has limited evidence to demonstrate whether LEND graduates are more engaged or successful than peers with the same professional training. We began the LEND Outcomes Study in 2014 to test the feasibility of collecting follow-up data from LEND trainees and a comparison group using a case control design. Over the past four years, we demonstrated that it is feasible to recruit, retain, and collect data from three separate annual cohorts of LEND trainees and comparison peers across three program sites. This presentation represents the pioneering efforts of three LEND programs (Nisonger Center LEND, Wisconsin LEND, LEND of Pittsburgh) to establish a robust measure (LEND Outcomes Follow-Up Survey) that will demonstrate the power of LEND training.

LEND Outcomes Study Timeline

Interested in Collaboration?

The LEND Outcomes team welcomes LEND directors to collaborate. If you’re interested, please contact Dr. Lauren Bishop at lebishop@wisc.edu.