Sustainment of Model Demonstration Projects: Findings from Follow-Up Studies

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Author(s): Mary Wagner; Debra Shaver
Organization: Model Demonstration Coordination Center; U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

The purpose of this brief is to share findings from follow-up studies of OSEP-funded model demonstration projects that were conducted, in part, to examine model sustainment. Because a primary objective of most model demonstration projects during their grant period was to examine model feasibility in real-world settings, one justification for the follow-up studies conducted by the Model Demonstration Coordination Center and the projects themselves was to look at factors seen as promoting or hindering model sustainment after the project ended. The final chapter of this brief highlights some conclusions surrounding model sustainment drawn from these follow-up studies.