• Research Associate
  • Director of Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education
  • C0-director Research and Training Center on Outcome Measures
Email
tich0018@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-624-5776
Address
Institute on Community Integration
104 PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Renáta Tichá, Ph.D, has received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in special education programs. She works as a Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of assessment and intervention materials for children, youth, and adults with different types of disabilities. She also conducts research, training, and technical assistance in this area. Dr. Tichá is co-Principal Investigator on two international projects involving children and youth with and without disabilities: the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, funded by the United States-India Educational Foundation; and Assessments of Students with Significant Disabilities: A Russia-U.S. Partnership (UPP), funded by the Eurasia Foundation. Dr. Tichá is also co-editor of The Journal of the International Association of Special Education.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Projects

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Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education (GRC)

Collaborates with national education agencies, non-governmental organizations, and universities around the world in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that…

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Together We Make a Difference: Inclusive Service Learning as part of 4-H Youth Development Programs [Archived]

Instilled hope, a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and a positive vision of the future among at-risk, high school youth with and without disabilities through a year-long inclusive service…

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Partnership in Wellness: A Training Curriculum for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Archived]

Develops and field-tests a research-based, universally-designed, health promotion curriculum that addresses the unique learning needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities…

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American Youth Leadership Program: Learning to Serve...Serving to Learn [Archived]

Enables high school students with and without disabilities, and their educators, from the U.S. and Costa Rica to learn and serve together while enhancing their cultural understanding, global…

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Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award 2013: A Sustainable Response to Intervention Model for Successful Inclusion of Children with Disabilities [Archived]

Fosters university-, district- and school-level partnerships between India and the U.S., using the Response to Intervention (RTI) education framework. RTI is a model for a school-wide process that…

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International Triangle Grant [Archived]

Collaborates with colleagues from Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia on development of a technology-based General Outcome Measures system for use by educators to assess basic…

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Supporting the Self Determination of Adults and Transition Age Youth within the Family Context [Archived]

Develops and conducts initial field-testing of a six-lesson training program designed to help families better support the self determination of their young adult or adult with intellectual and/or…

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Assessments of Students with Significant Disabilities: A Russia-U.S. Partnership (UPP) [Archived]

Establishes a partnership between the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (KSPU), Russia, to develop and evaluate a system of formative assessment suited for…

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International Institute on Progress Monitoring (IIPM)

Develops formative assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities using technology. There is a real need for progress monitoring measures that teachers can regularly use in the…

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Validity and Source Reliability of Selected Background Section Items of the NCI Adult Consumer Survey (NCI-ACS) Across Data Sources and States [Archived]

Evaluates the reliability and validity of the Background section of the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey (NCI-ACS) in three states to be able to use these variables in analyses and…

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National Core Indicators Field Initiated Projects Program: Advance Exploration of Factors Affecting Quality of Life Outcomes of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Uses the data sets from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Program with the expertise of the project team to advance disability and rehabilitation research and disseminate and translate results…

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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM)

Evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of receiving services and supports. Past measures tended to focus on money spent on services for…

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Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota - Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership

Builds a sustainable partnership between the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU), the only university in that eastern European country that trains both general…

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of CareProfiler Post-Hire System for Supervisors in Residential, Assisted Living, and Community Based Settings for People with IDD and Aging Needs

Validates a post-hire support system for frontline supervisors and direct support professionals (DSPs). The system developed by CareProfiler is designed to maximize services for people with…

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U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Project: Developing Systems to Support the Employment and Community Inclusion of Young Adults with Disabilities

Creates virtual and in-person platforms for dialogues between professionals and parents who support young adults with disabilities in Russia and the U.S. The goal is to develop opportunities and…

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Evaluating the Fidelity of Special Olympic Minnesota's Unified Champion School Program

Evaluates the fidelity of Special Olympic Minnesota's Unified Champion School Program. ICI will gather data from a wide variety of stakeholders, including program administrators, trainers, school…

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Community Participation and Employment as Strategies for Social inclusion: A U.S.-Russian Dialogue

Enhances the social inclusion of Russian youth and young adults with disabilities by developing community living and supported employment programs in the Moscow area. Options in Russia for…

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Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Community Living and Participation (AART)

Trains one or two post-doctoral participants each year, offering them a program that is rich in research training and experience that is focused on community living and participation of persons…

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Active Support Interventions and Their Effect on Increased Participation of Persons With Disabilities [Archived]

Conducts a longitudinal, randomized control study to examine the impact of Active Support (AS) interventions in 20 group homes in Minnesota. AS is an organizational intervention that enables Direct…

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Effects of a Validated, Field-Tested, Self-Determination Training Program in a Randomized Control Trial Design [Archived]

Conducted the first large-scale study of the effects of a self-determination training intervention with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) designed to support the self-determination of persons…

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National Core Indicators Multi-State Study of Service Outcomes and Their Predictors [Archived]

Analyzes data from 25 states and 4 sub-state regions on more than 12,000 randomly sampled individuals with developmental disabilities to examine lifestyles and service outcomes, and individual…

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…

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RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental…

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Research Institute on Progress Monitoring (RIPM) [Archived]

Engaged in development of a seamless and flexible system of student progress monitoring for use in K-12 schools across ages, abilities, and curricula. The system resulting from RIPM's research is…

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Improving the Self-Determination of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Wisconsin

Develops an education and technical assistance program for general education teachers in ten schools (five middle schools and five high schools) in Wisconsin, providing them with strategies to…

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Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions

Supports the inclusive community employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in Bhutan, a mountainous kingdom in south central Asia. This program of research and development will be…

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Ecological Momentary Assessment of Leisure Activity Participation Among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This project aims to use an ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to better understand the patterns of leisure activity among adults with ASD who live independently and to examine the relationships…

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Developing Leadership Capacity in Inclusive Education: A U.S.-Ukrainian Partnership

Builds capacity in inclusive education practices at the university and public school levels in six regions of Ukraine through lectures, a train-the-trainer model, and mentoring by U.S. experts.…

Products

RIPM Technical Reports: Technical Characteristics of General Outcome Measures (GOMs) in Mathematics for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (#37)

A report based on the work of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system of progress monitoring to evaluate effects of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: January 2010

RIPM Technical Reports: Study of General Outcome Measurement (GOMs) in Reading for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Year 1 (#27)

A report based on the work of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system or progress monitoring to evaluate effect of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: March 2008

RIPM Technical Reports: Comparison of Different Scoring Procedures for the CBM Maze Selection Measure (#10)

A report based on the work of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system or progress monitoring to evaluate effect of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: September 2009

RIPM Technical Reports: Seamless and Flexible Progress Monitoring: Age and Skill Level Extensions in Math, Basic Facts (#2)

A report based on the work of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system or progress monitoring to evaluate effect of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: May 2009

RIPM Technical Reports: Seamless and Flexible Progress Monitoring: Age and Skill Level Extensions in Reading (#1)

A report based on the work of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system or progress monitoring to evaluate effect of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: September 2009

RIPM Technical Reports: General Outcome Measures for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Pilot Study (#12)

A report based on the works of the Research Institute on Progress Monitoring, which developed a system of progress monitoring to evaluate effects of individualized instruction on access to and…

Published: January 2006

Impact: Feature Issue on Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities

An issue in the  Impact series that looks at how people with disabilities are exercising and experiencing self-determination in the U.S. and other countries today, and at the emergence of Supported…

Published: Fall 2019

Policy Research Brief: Developments in Living Arrangements and Choice for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A brief examining how living arrangements and choice have changed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) over the past 10 years. Choice is an important component of…

Published: 2018

Moving toward an inclusive education system: Lessons from the U.S. and their potential application in the Czech Republic and other Central and Eastern European countries

In this article, we present the historical and current developments of inclusive education (IE) in the U.S. in the context of recent changes toward a more inclusive approach to education (IE) in…

Published: 2017-04-27

Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community

A report reviewing the research on outcomes since the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and finds that strong trends indicate that smaller, more dispersed and individualized…

Published: February 24, 2015

HCBS Outcome Framework Results

A webinar for policymakers and family members on the results of the process used to validate the National Quality Forum HCBS Outcome Framework.

Published: 2017

Correlates of Everyday Choice and Support-Related Choice for 8,892 Randomly Sampled Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 19 States

This article examines everyday choices made by 8,892 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and support-related choices made by 6,179 adults with IDD receiving services from…

Published: 12/1/2012

Handbook on Community Living and Employment

Highlights key topics in community living and employment opportunities and services/supports relevant to those within the human services systems, people with disabilities, and their families in the…

Published: 2019

Inclusive Education Strategies: A Toolkit for Armenia

This toolkit was designed by faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) in the Republic of Armenia to help educators to include students…

Published: 2019

School and Classroom Disabilities Inclusion Guide for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This guide emphasizes that inclusive education – which fully engages all children in quality education, including children with various types of disabilities or other learning challenges – is…

Published: January 2017

Inclusive Education Strategies: A Textbook

This textbook is a resource for implementing inclusive education practices in Armenia, other post-Soviet countries, and countries on the path to a more inclusive education and society. The content…

Published: 2018

Topics

  • Community life
    • Civil rights
      • Community supports and services
        • Consumer/self-directed services
          • Self-advocacy and self-determination
            • Social inclusion
            • Culture and diversity
              • International initiatives
              • Education practices (K12 and transition)
                • Inclusive education
                  • Inclusive service learning
                    • Instructional strategies
                      • Literacy
                        • Youth development and leadership
                        • Educational accountability and assessment
                          • Accountability
                            • Assessment (large-scale, alternate)
                              • Assessment of individuals
                                • Progress monitoring
                                • Housing and residential services
                                  • Community group residential
                                    • Consumer/self-directed services
                                      • Family supports/in-home services
                                      • Specific disability
                                        • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                          • Learning disabilities
                                            • Multiple disabilities
                                            • Specific life stage
                                              • Adolescents and young adults
                                                • Adults
                                                  • Children

                                                  Activities

                                                  • Evaluation
                                                    • Outreach
                                                      • Research
                                                        • Technical assistance
                                                          • Training and professional development