Collecting data is central to understanding the communities we serve and measuring the impact and effectiveness of our programs. ACL’s performance strategy presents a high-level approach to the planning, conduct, and implementation of performance management. This strategy, in conjunction with pre-release reviews of ACL funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), represents ACL’s commitment to providing rigorous, relevant, and transparent performance data highlighting all the programs and initiatives ACL supports. It also reflects ACL’s continuous effort to build and enhance its repository of data and evidence including high quality performance data in support of our mission and vision.
Many programs have reporting systems to measure program performance data. These include:
The National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS) collects data from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
The National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) collects data from state Adult Protective Services systems.
AGing Integrated Database (AGID) includes data from Older Americans Act-funded programs.
The Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) also funds several Projects of National Significance that collect data about people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
- ACL Data Restructuring Project
In 2017, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) began the ACL Data Restructuring (DR) Project to assess the data hosted on the AGing Integrated Database (AGID), and to develop and test a potential restructuring of the data in order to make it useful and usable for stakeholders. ACL is committed to an approach to maximize the use of our data and has invested in the preliminary steps to unify and link our data. We look forward to continuing our work in this area.
- Overview of AIDD’s Longitudinal Data Collection Projects
November 27, 2012
For more than 20 years, AIDD has funded longitudinal data collection projects under its Projects of National Significance:
In fiscal year 2012, AIDD required the grantees of these three projects to collaborate with each other and work with AIDD to identify specific variables that will give the public an overview of each state regarding community integration and employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The purpose of this collaboration is to provide a brief description of trends, services, and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in each state. The outcome will be a link on the grantees’ web sites that will provide users with each state’s synopsis.
Data from these studies are collected on a national level and are used to identify areas of specific need, helping lawmakers and other stakeholders make the most educated policy and care decisions for individuals with developmental disabilities in the United States.
A brief overview of each project is provided in the following sections.
- The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities
Administered by the University of Colorado, this study was established in 1982 to investigate the determinants of public spending for intellectual and developmental disabilities services in the United States. The State of the States maintains a longitudinal record of revenue, spending, and programmatic trends at state and national levels for fiscal years 1977–2009. The project identifies quantitative data about the state of supports and services in the United States, including data on community services and supports, public and private institutions, fiscal efforts in states, and demand for services and supports.
Access to Integrated Employment: National Data Collection on Day and Employment Services for Citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This study has been in place since 1988, extending research describing day and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities and contributing to an understanding of the factors that influence employment at the individual, service provider, and state levels. Conducted by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the project assesses the employment and economic status of individuals with disabilities as well as the effectiveness of state intellectual and developmental disabilities agencies and vocational rehabilitation agencies in promoting the full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through employment and other community activities.
The National Residential Information System Project (RISP)
RISP continues more than 20 years of analysis of annual state-by-state and national statistics on residential services for people with developmental disabilities, including state and non-state institutional settings and community and home-based residential services. The research is conducted through the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Residential Services and Community Living Institute on Community Integration.
- National Data Measurement Project: National Core Indicators
September 30, 2011
AIDD recognizes the critical role that performance and outcome data play in the management, operation, and funding of state developmental disabilities systems. AIDD is taking a step in building the capacity of state developmental disabilities agencies to gather vital information on service outcomes through the National Data Measurement Project and the adoption of the National Core Indicators (NCI) as the uniform dataset to use for this purpose. AIDD has awarded a 5-year contract totaling $1.5 million to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). The decision to expand the availability of system performance data across all 50 states and the District of Columbia will not only strengthen the ability of states to administer key long term support programs for people with developmental disabilities, but will also facilitate collaboration between state developmental disabilities agencies and the AIDD funded Developmental Disabilities Network on the identification of service delivery trends, policy planning, and development of mutual strategies to improve the well-being of those receiving services across the country.
Currently, 43 states and 22 regions or counties use NCI data on individual and service outcomes to assess satisfaction and experience with services, benchmark system performance, and track key outcomes across multiple years, services, and states. The NCI framework comprises over 100 key outcome indicators that are designed to gather valid and reliable data across five broad domains: individual outcomes; family outcomes; health, welfare, and rights; staff stability; and system performance. The full list of core indicators may be viewed and downloaded on the NCI website at www.nationalcoreindicators.org.
Mary Lee Fay
Acting Executive Director
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
113 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2015
Participating States Information: http://www.nationalcoreindicators.org/aidd
9/30/2011 – 9/29/2016
AIDD Project Officer
- Data Collection for Supporting Families
Collaborating with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Service Research Institute (HSRI), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN), Parent Information Centers, Parent to Parent USA, and other organizations providing family support, the Data Collection for Supporting Families Project will examine the services and supports provided to families who have a family member living in the home. Guided by a family expert panel, the project will:
- Access data on state supports and services that has been previously collected;
- Develop key definitions related to supports and services;
- Generate a standard set of key state indicators that can be used to benchmark progress;
- Create a profile of such supports and services that can be updated and used to track trends;
- Implement an annual data collection effort that produces reliable national and state-by-state data about family supports using strategies designed to ensure that the information reported by states is accurate and comparable across states;
- Produce an interactive website with an online data dashboard that can be used to track, compare and contrast progress made on achieving outcomes at the national and state levels; and
- Design a plan to develop an electronic, web-based data distribution system that will be easily accessible to families and people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Regents of the University of Minnesota
214B Pt H
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0223
Main Phone: 612-624-6300
Sheryl A Larson
$200,000 per year
9/30/11 – 9/29/16
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