CPD numbers– Why they are important and how we track them
The CPD participates in the National Information Reporting System (NIRS), a collective effort by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), its member programs, and their federal partners. The database allows network members to manage their own Center data while enabling AUCD to present a picture of the network's activities using aggregate data. NIRS is designed to describe the outputs and outcomes of the network, and to provide the public with access to the projects and products of the network.
Locally, we use this database to generate reports for the USU Board of Trustees, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services reports, various USU reports, media requests, and to address specific questions we receive from various agencies throughout the year.
For example, from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013, NIRS data tells us that:
• 22 refereed journal articles have been published by CPD staff members;
• CPD-affiliated staff presented at 69 professional conferences;
• Technical assistance was provided to 93 agencies, organizations, and businesses by CPD staff;
• CPD financial support to USU students totalled $574,608 through assistantships, stipends, and employment for 127 individuals from multiple disciplines;
• 3,282 Utahns received direct services from the CPD; and
• 45 different research studies were in operation at the Center.
Custom reports detailing different areas of emphasis, breakdowns of participants, activity by project, fiscal data, and other specifics are available upon request. Contact Kelly Smith for more information.