Senior Research Scholar and Social Inclusion Team Leader (Family Group)
Senior Research Scholar and Social Inclusion Team Leader, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dori Rivkin has worked at MJB since 1994. Her main research areas are youth at risk and youth living in poverty. In her early years at MJB, she concentrated on the former, focusing on services to help parents struggling with child-rearing. In 2010, she began working as a senior research scholar in the area of disabilities, and subsequently headed the research unit. Her main fields of interest in the area of disabilities include the employment of people with disabilities, people-oriented service, and the promotion of autonomy.
In 2018, Dori served as Deputy Leader of the Family Group, which includes research teams addressing children, youth and young adults, as well as people with disabilities, and the elderly.
In 2019, she was appointed Research Team Leader in the Family Group, focusing on youth at risk and people living in poverty.
Dori holds a BA in psychology and an MA in clinical psychology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently working towards her PhD in social work at the University of Haifa.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 972-2-655-7456.
Children and Youth
Community Service Program for Youth Offenders: A Summative Evaluation Study
The study had two main goals: a. To provide the Youth Probation Service and MOLSA with information on how the program was implemented within the organization and as an intervention with the participants b. To learn about the program’s benefit to the participants
Supported Decision-Making: Applied Aspects, Supervision, and Defining Optimal Support – International Review
The goals of this review were to survey how SDM is applied in the countries surveyed and in selected pilot programs around the world; to examine the various mechanisms of safeguards and supervision or inspection of SDM arrangements; To define optimal support for decision-making.
Coping with the Impacts of COVID-19 on People Living in Ongoing Poverty: An International Review
Main topics The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially severe for individuals and families living in poverty. This is due to their greater exposure to the disease and its dangers, the setback to employment or work amid exposure and danger, additional new expenses, downsized public transportation, widening scholastic gaps, increasing dependence on bureaucracy and digital services, […]
Dealing with Violence against Women in Domestic Relationships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Review
In March 2020, with the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel along with many other countries, issued directives and imposed compulsory restrictions on the public, including the order to remain at home and the closure of workplaces. This challenging situation exacerbated the plight of victims of domestic violence. Moreover, the number of victims was […]
Children with ADHD – Identification and Diagnosis Follow-Up Study
This report summarizes a two-stage study on children with ADHD, which examined a variety of topics, including predictors of the disorder, the benefits of early detection, the accessibility and availability of diagnostic services, and treatment.
Pilot for Supervision of Legal Guardians for Personal Affairs: Summary Report
The main goal of the pilot was to help the Office of the Administrator General (public guardian) at the Ministry of Justice design a system to supervise guardians in regard to personal matters so as to identify situations in which guardians are not performing their duties adequately.
A Group Sheltered-Employment Program in the Free Market for People with an Intellectual Disability — Evaluation of the Initial Stages
The purpose of the study is to learn about the implementation of the program in its early years, obstacles to its operation, and its contribution to the target population.
Centers for Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities – Evaluation Study
Families with children with disabilities frequently have to cope with difficulties that affect the whole family, including the parents, siblings and others, and affect the family’s ability to care for the child. To help these families, JDC-Israel-Ashalim, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), initiated an experimental program of family centers […]
Evaluation of the “Secure Future” Employment Program for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties
The goal of the evaluation was to examine the implementation and outcomes of the program in order to improve it and facilitate decision-making about its assimilation in the future. The evaluation examined the characteristics of the participants and their compatibility with the target population; the program inputs; the organizational structure; the participants' satisfaction; and the outcomes of the program, particularly with regard to employment.
“Supported Employment” – A Competitive Employment Program for People with Disabilities – Evaluation Study
“Supported Employment” is a program developed by the Employment Rehabilitation Service of the Division of Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. The goal of the program is to assist people with disabilities to integrate into competitive employment. Social workers from local Social Service Departments (SSDs) identify suitable candidates and refer them […]
Path to Independence Mentoring Program for Young Adults with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In Israel, as in other countries, there is growing recognition of the need for specialized services for young adults with disabilities to prepare them for the transition to independent adult life and help them overcome the challenges of employment, studies, independent housing and, social relationships. The Path to Independence mentoring program is an innovative, one-on-one […]
Certification of Caregivers of People with Intellectual Development Disabilities in Residential Care: Evaluation Study
The certification course for caregiversis is provided by the MOSAS Central School for Social Workers and is intended to improve the quality of care of the residents by raising the caregivers' professional level. It is also intended to empower them, increase their motivation, reduce burnout and stress, reduce the turnover of caregivers, increase the caregivers' commitment to the organization, and increase the prestige of the profession of caregiving. The study examined whether the certification process was achieving these goals
Development of an Effective Model of Supported Housing in the Community for People with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In recent years, there has been growing recognition in the West of the importance of increasing the opportunities for people with disabilities to make choices about their lifestyle, including living in independent housing rather than in their parents’ home or an institution. In order to move into independent housing, people with disabilities need preparation, assistance […]
Israel Unlimited Program at the Adler Institute to Support Parents with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In addition to the “usual” parenting problems, parents who have disabilities have to cope with additional difficulties, such as prejudice about their ability to function as parents. The public social services do not provide sufficient support to help these parents cope with the multiple problems they encounter. In 2012, in an attempt to overcome the […]
People with an Intellectual Developmental Disability Not in Programs of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services: Survey of the Northern District
People with an intellectual developmental disability (IDD) are entitled by law to services provided by the Division for the Care of People with an Intellectual Developmental Disability (the Division) at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services )MSAS(. These services include residential programs, employment, daycare centers and social clubs. The Division is aware that […]
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Minsk and Babruysk. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Community of Kharkov: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Kharkov. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
People with Disabilities in Israel: Facts & Figures
The State of Israel provides services to adults and children with disabilities. In recent years, various developments have promoted the integration of people with disabilities into all walks of life. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to improve their integration and help them realize their full potential. This booklet was prepared by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Israel Unlimited. It presents up-to-date information as of 2014. We hope that the information will help furnish a picture of the situation, focus attention on the remaining challenges, and promote the efforts to address them.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus
Over the last twenty years in Western countries people with disabilities have been increasingly integrated and included in all areas of life – including education, employment, and social activities. In countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU), including Belarus, people with disabilities remain largely excluded from these spheres and almost no services are available to […]
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Community of Kharkov
Over the last twenty years in Western countries people with disabilities have been increasingly integrated and included in all areas of life – including education, employment, and social activities. In Ukraine, however, people with disabilities remain largely excluded and almost no services are available to them. JDC is working through the Hesed Center, an organization […]
Employment of People with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: Evaluation of the Pilot Program at Beit Eckstein
In recent decades, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of employment in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, including high functioning individuals on the autism spectrum. The Service for the Care of People with Autism and PDD at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services (MOSAS) is implementing a pilot program designed to […]
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Preschool Children with Special Needs in Immigrant Families: Barriers to Service Utilization and Proposed Solutions
Conducted due to concern that children with special needs whose parents immigrated to Israel were not getting the services they need to the same extent and with the same efficiency as similar children of non-immigrant Israelis, this study focuses on children with special needs, from birth to age 6 – a critical stage for identifying special needs and starting treatment.
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Operation Atzmaut (“Independence”) – A Comprehensive, System-Wide Program for Ethiopian-Israeli Families in Cultural Transition: Evaluation Study
Upon arrival in Israel, immigrants from Ethiopia have to face complex difficulties of adjustment, particularly due to the transition from a traditional, rural society to a modern, urban society. One of the important attempts to help with the complex process of integration is Operation Atzmaut.
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Evaluation of the Family Guidance Program for Families in Distress in Yokneam and the Megiddo Regional Council
The Family Guidance Program aims to help families with multiple difficulties extricate themselves from the cycle of distress and dependency on social services through a comprehensive intervention based on family strengths. The goal of the evaluation was to contribute to further program development.
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Evaluation of a Pilot Project of Child Participation in Family Court Proceedings
The study followed the pilot program throughout its implementation as a basis for formulating regulations for all of the Family Courts and for the Religious Courts, which also deal with family issues.
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Comprehensive Program for Preschool Children from the Caucasus and their Parents: Executive Summary
The goals of the evaluation were to examine how the comprehensive model was implemented, to examine implementation with regard to the organizational infrastructure, and to evaluate selected programs implemented through the comprehensive program.
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Jerusalem Protection Center for Children and Youth, An Innovative Service for Initial Intervention with Child Victims – Evaluation Study
This report summarizes the findings of an evaluation study of the Protection Center. The study examined the characteristics of children seen at the Center, the extent of referrals, the Center's interventions, and its impact on the service system.
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Assessment of Ashalim’s First Decade: Activities, Accomplishments, and Future Challenges
This publication assesses the first decade of Ashalim, a partnership between JDC-Israel, the government of Israel, and the UJA-Federation of New York, addressing the needs of children and youth at risk.
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Evaluation of the KEDEM Program: Family Group Conferences for Youth Offenders
The first three years of the program were accompanied by an evaluation to examine the program's implementation and its impact on the participants, with the aim of informing decisions about broadening the program and establishing it as an alternative to trial for youth offenders.
Goldblat, E., Rivkin, D., & Konstantinov, V. (2020). Associations between ethnicity, place of residence, hearing status of family and habilitation of children with hearing impairment. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 9, 36. doi.org/10.1186/s13584-020-00394-1
Ornoy, A., Rivkin, D., & Barlev, L. (2018). Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Accessibility and availability of services in Israel. Harefuah, 157(4), 219-224.
Ornoy, A., Ovadia, M., Rivkin, D., Milshtein, E., & Barlev, L. (2016). Prevalence of ADHD among 7-9-year-old children in Israel. A comparison between Jewish and Arab populations. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 53(2), 3-9.
Morag, T., Rivkin, D., & Sorek, Y. (2012). Child participation in the family courts—Lessons from the Israeli pilot project. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 26(1), 1-30.