Wayne State University

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Research and Evaluation Activities

The Research and Evaluation program promotes education and service excellence through thoughtful investigation, analysis and information dissemination.Our goal is to improve policy and practice related to persons with disabilities and their families through:
  • Participatory action research
  • Quantitative and qualitative research strategies
  • Systemic evaluation of programs, models, and services
  • Comprehensive information dissemination
Current and past research and evaluation projects and activities are listed below. If you have any questions regarding a specific research project, please email the project coordinator by clicking on their name.

Survey-Based Research Studies

DDI regularly uses online survey methods of data collection to facilitate many research studies.  If you would like to check out the current survey research that DDI has going on, please visit the Survey Research page and check out the current opportunities.  Some surveys carry the chance to win prizes for your participation!
DDI Survey Research Link → Click here!!!!

Current Research and Evaluation Activities

Family Quality of Life Studies

Goal(s):  The first of Dr. Samuel's three studies is looking at the impact of caregiving for children with disabilities on the quality of life of urban African-American grandparents. The second study is an evaluation project looking at the effectiveness, social validity, and feasibility of Project TEAM – Teens Making Environmental and Activity Modifications. The final study being conducted is examining the quality of life of families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
Funder(s): National Institute on Aging, national Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR), Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University
Contact(s): Dr. Preethy Samuel

Feelings and Friendships Study of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Goal(s): To examine how individuals with autism spectrum disorders relate to others, the nature of their friendships and how feelings of loneliness and depression might be affected by these relationships.
Survey Link: Complete the Feelings and Friendships Survey Online
Funder(s): TBA
Contact(s): Ann Carrellas


Postsecondary Education (PSE) for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Project

Goal(s): To assess the needs of students with disabilities regarding postsecondary education (PSE) and address any barriers in the state of Michigan. Goals include:
  • The ongoing collaboration and expansion of the PSE Inclusion Team to include members of various educational and disability organizations in order to address the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Execute PSE Action Plan Items.
  • Identify PSE best practices and implement these models throughout Michigan.
Funder(s): Michigan DD Council
Contact: DDI@wayne.edu

Michigan Family Support Minority Outreach Project Training

Goal(s): To enhance the skills of professionals who provide service delivery and support to culturally diverse families who have children with disabilities

Funder(s): Wayne State University and the Arc Michigan

Contact: Angela Martin


MAF Education Advocacy Program Evaluation

Goal(s): The ARC Michigan and the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University are conducting an evaluation of consumer satisfaction with the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) education advocacy program. Please tell us about your recent experience with MAF Education Advocacy.

Funder(s): The Arc Michigan

Contact: Ann Carrellas, MSW,


Consumer Satisfaction Survey

Goal(s): DDI online satisfaction survey measuring the effectiveness of the DDI website.

Funder(s): Consumer Satisfaction Survey

Contact: Barbara LeRoy, Ph.D.


Expanding Freedom to Ride: Measuring the Effectiveness of Michigan’s Transportation Voucher Program

Goal(s): To evaluate the effectiveness of the transportation voucher program that was utilized by persons with disabilities in Michigan.

Funder(s): Michigan DD Council

Contact: Angela Martin


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