National Core Indicators

The National Core Indicators is a collaboration between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), with the goal of implementing a systematic approach to performance and outcome measurement. Through the collaboration, participating states pool their resources and knowledge to create performance monitoring systems, identify common performance indicators, work out comparable data collection strategies, and share results. Many of the state agencies use NCI as a key component within their quality management systems. This multi-state collaborative effort to improve performance is unprecedented.

The core indicators are the foundation of the effort. The current set of performance indicators includes approximately 100 consumer, family, systemic, cost, and health and safety outcomes - outcomes that are important to understanding the overall health of public developmental disabilities agencies. Associated with each indicator is a source from which the data is collected. Sources of information include consumer survey (e.g., empowerment and choice issues) family surveys (e.g., satisfaction with supports), provider survey (e.g., staff turnover), and state systems data (e.g., expenditures, mortality, etc.).

The consumer survey, which is the heart of NCI, has recently been revised to include enhanced information about health and wellness, employment status, and ability to self direct among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to yearly reports, NCI has produced 5 and 10 year reports of data trends as well as Annual Reports.

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