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Longitudinal Study

March 2003

TO: Members, Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

FROM: Mary Jo Nichols, Grants Administrator

RE: Partners in Policymaking® Longitudinal Study

The most recent longitudinal study of Minnesota Partners in Policymaking graduates was completed by Tom Zirpoli, Ph.D. and submitted February 25, 2003. This study was conducted for Year XI through Year XIV (Class 14 through Class 18) for a total of five classes.

We made several revisions to the survey form before this study was done to make the form easier to complete and increase the response rate. Based on several recommendations, the length of the survey was reduced, the language was simplified, and the questions better focused. The overall response rate was 47% (66/141); our goal was 45%. This compares with a 32% response rate for the longitudinal study completed in March 2002.

A copy of the complete study is available upon request.

Following is a summary of the results:

IPSII Results Year/Class

XI/14 XI/15 XII/16 XIII/17 XIV/18
Response rate 55% 34% 50% 48% 45%
Independence 94% 75% 100% 100% 100%
Productivity 94% 50% 83% 75% 86%
Self Determination 100% 75% 100% 100% 100%
Integration/Inclusion 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Longitudinal Study


Results Year/Class

XI/14 XI/15 XII/16 XIII/17 XIV/18
Can get appropriate services* 100% 100% 83% 100% 100%
Skills help me to get appropriate services** 100% 75% 83% 100% 100%
Current leadership skills* 100% 100% 83% 100% 100%


** most/some of the time

Partners graduates identified 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. Highlights from these areas are as follows:

Partners graduates identified skills learned during the Partners program that they still use today. This is an indicator of the long term value of the program:

Other comments included:

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