Disability Research Consortium

A cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration
About the Disability Research Consortium

Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) is one of two policy research centers leading the Social Security Administration’s new Disability Research Consortium (DRC). Funded through a five-year cooperative agreement, the CSDP will develop new research with a team of disability policy experts and researchers at Mathematica as well as the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University. SSA awarded a second cooperative agreement for the DRC to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The CSDP and its partners in the DRC are building the evidence base necessary to facilitate policy improvements in the national disability support system and the lives of people with disabilities, as well as to reduce government costs in the long term. 

Our research on International Comparisons examines disability policy and program efforts around the world and lessons from abroad for U.S. disability policy. 

Our research on Non-SSA Program Interactions describes the complex interactions of the federal and state programs that serve people with disabilities, and opportunities for administrative or other modifications that may improve efficiencies and outcomes.

Our research on SSA Disability Program Entry considers the factors leading up to application for SSA disability benefits, determinants of program growth, and the experiences of working-age people with disabilities prior to application for SSA benefits.

Our research on SSA Program Rules looks at administrative issues and potential changes that may result in cost savings and improve quality of life for people with disabilities.

Our research on the Well-Being and Behavior of People with Disabilities explores the health, employment, education, and SSA program participation of people with disabilities, as well as other characteristics and  issues relevant to the well-being of people with disabilities.