What is the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative?
The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative was established by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to support the development of polices, programs and practices that encourage the continued employment of workers likely to leave the workforce due to injury, serious illness, or disability. As part of this initiative, the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative is hosting a series of online dialogues, with the support of the ePolicyWorks team, to gather input and ideas from the public and other stakeholders including subject matter experts. Ideas and comments gathered from these online dialogues will be used to guide the work of a SAW/RTW Policy Working Group to develop policy recommendations, as well as resources and materials to assist states and other key stakeholders in improving services to injured or disabled workers.
What are the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogues?
Launched by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, ePolicyWorks is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology, including crowdsourcing and social media tools, to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues.
Over the last several years, the ePolicyWorks initiative has hosted more than twenty-five online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. These tools enable ePolicyWorks to enlist the public's input on key policy and programmatic issues related to the employment of people with disabilities. In addition to return-to-work/stay-at-work, the dialogues have focused on number of other topics engaging federal partners, advocacy groups, provider associations, business organizations, individuals with disabilities and their families, and other key stakeholders in the policymaking process. To learn more about past ePolicyWorks dialogues, visit https://www.epolicyworks.org/epw/dialogues/.
Why is the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative hosting these online dialogues?
Traditional methods of gathering feedback involve limited participation. They tend to be "one and done" engagements that are purely data-driven. Crowdsourcing, on the other hand, entails interactive participation through online voting, idea submission and commenting. It is community driven and value driven, and it emphasizes results. The benefits of online dialogues include: connecting agencies to stakeholders or constituents, providing cost benefits and efficiencies, serving as an outreach and awareness tool.
How do I participate?
To participate in the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative's Online Dialogues, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@dol.gov.