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BOND Process Study Report

Michelle Derr, Denise Hoffman, Jillian Berk, Ann Person, David Stapleton, Sarah Croake, Christopher Jones, Jonathan McCay


June 23, 2015
Abt Global, in partnership with 25 other organizations, is implementing and evaluating the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) under contract to the U.S. Social Security Administration. SSA awarded the contract for the implementation and evaluation of BOND to Abt Global in December 2009. The project will determine whether retaining benefits at higher levels of earnings will increase employment and income for recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

The BOND project includes two stages. Stage 1 is designed to support an evaluation of how a national benefit offset would affect earnings and program outcomes for the entire SSDI population. Stage 2 is designed to learn more about impacts on those most likely to use the offset (recruited and informed volunteers) and determine the extent to which significant enhancements to counseling services affect impacts. 

The overarching objectives of the process study are to provide a detailed description of each of the BOND sites and to clearly document the program intervention, creating a foundation for interpreting estimated impacts and assessing the fidelity of the implementation of BOND. This report summarizes the findings of the process analysis to date, focusing primarily on the implementation of BOND in each of the BOND sites during the 2013 calendar year.