Kessler Employer Practices Survey

Many employers fully engage people with disabilities in their workforces--hiring, retaining, and advancing their employees with disabilities.

The 2017 Kessler Foundation - Employer Practices Survey (KF-EPS) will generate actionable information by identifying effective practices corresponding to specific barriers as well as detailed information on existing and emerging practices including implementation. The IOD, in collaboration with Kessler Foundation and the UNH Survey Center, will design and test questionnaire, purchase the sample from Dunn & Bradstreet, field the survey, including monitoring sample recruitment, analyze the data, write-up the results, and present the results in several ways.

Following the 2008 ODEP survey, the KF-EPS survey a nationally representative sample of 1500 senior executives in the US via telephone interviews. Respondents Senior executives will be asked three sequential questions related to (1) experience with a past and/or present barrier, (2) success in overcoming the barrier, and (3) practice approaches attempted (successfully and unsuccessfully) to overcome the barrier. Barriers will be both pre-identified (according to those in the literature) and self-nominated. Practices will be collected, and subsequently recoded, via open-ended questions, with probing questions about linchpin issues. In addition, open-ended questions will be used and recoded to ask respondents to self-nominate barriers and practices.

The KF-EPS is part of a larger, longstanding effort to generate actionable information about the employment of people with disabilities.

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Age Levels: 
Adult