Taking outcome measures drawn from the principles, we have developed an evaluation tool or Rights-Outcome Lens that can be used by policy makers and legislative drafters to ensure that a principled approach has been applied in the design and implementation of eligibility criteria for disability-related support programs. The Rights-Outcome Lens will provide a means of determining the appropriate eligibility criteria in the context of such programs. In particular, the outcome measures will be applied in the following three broad areas:
A. Eligibility Based on Disability Status
B. Eligibility Based on Financial Status
C. Process & Administrative Factors that Influence Access to ODSP
Figure 1 below provides an illustration of the Rights-Outcome Lens.
The Rights-Outcome Lens is meant to be a generic instrument that can be applied to any income support program for persons with disabilities and also, potentially, other disability-related support programs with minor modifications. Note, however, that the version of the Rights-Outcome Lens illustrated in Figure 1 represents the initial stages of an evaluation mechanism. For a complete tool, additional research is necessary to define specific criteria to consider under each outcome measure, within the context of the type of disability-related support program and its purpose. In the next section of the paper, the Rights-Outcome Lens will be discussed in the context of ODSP. That analysis provides some suggestions about the specific criteria that may be applied in an evaluation tool derived from the Lens.
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