18th Annual SILC Congress

January 17 – 20, 2015
Holiday Inn Bayside

San Diego, California

“Connecting Together – New Changes, New Challenges”

2014 has been a year of promising changes for the Independent Living movement. Congressional approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in July also included the long awaited reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act. This legislation will have immediate and long-term impacts on the IL movement and the disability community across the country. SILC Congress 2015 will focus on WIOA, reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act and equipping SILCs with the information they need. Please make plans to join us in San Diego this January.

SILC-Net Presents… A National Onsite Workshop at the 2015 SILC Congress

Evaluating Your Outcomes-Focused SPIL
Presented by Mike Hendricks
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Bayside
San Diego, CA

Your state’s SPIL has been completed and approved, but you know that your work is just beginning.  Now it’s time to put rubber to the road and actually achieve the goals and objectives you identified in your SPIL.   Mike Hendricks has developed this very hands-on workshop to give you a proven, manageable approach to evaluate your SPIL’s progress and find ways to be as effective as possible.  When you return home, you’ll be ready to lead your SILC’s efforts to monitor the implementation of your SPIL, assess your progress toward those objectives, and collect and use consumer satisfaction information effectively.

In particular, you will learn:

  • The difference between objectives, activities, and indicators
  • Examples of these from actual SPILs
  • Simple, practical ways to evaluate how well you are implementing your SPIL objectives
  • A straightforward way to evaluate progress on objectives
  • A variety of approaches to measure consumer satisfaction and then use what you learn


If you are planning to attend, please visit ILRU’s website to view the videos and materials from Developing an Outcomes-Focused SPIL: Three Easy Steps so that you’re familiar with the basic notions Mike will work with in this workshop.

Mike Hendricks received his Ph.D. in Methodology and Evaluation Research from Northwestern University, and ever since then, he’s been helping programs become as effective as possible. In particular, Mike believes it’s very important that CILs and SILCs know exactly what outcomes they’re trying to achieve, have a way to measure how they’re doing, monitor their progress on a regular basis, and consistently use what they learn to improve their efforts. Mike has been a trainer for the IL-NET for several years.

Connecting Together – New Changes, New Challenges