National Core Indicators

National Core Indicators is a project that gathers health information and a standard set of performance and outcome measures. Oregon is one of 46 states which uses this data to determine services for health and quality of life for individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities. The indicators are intended to provide a system-level “snapshot” of how well each state is performing relative to other states, to track each state's performance over time, and to establish national benchmarks. 

Interviews with adult consumers of Developmental Disability Services gather information about people’s satisfaction with services and overall health and quality of life. The National Core Indicators project is a way to understand the needs of the disability population and to elevate direct input from advocates and families in the service system to state and national decision makers.

Information collected drives service improvement by helping to:

  • Identify gaps in service
  • Highlight successes
  • Compare to other states
  • Track system performance over time
  • Give direct input from advocates and families

Interview participants are randomly selected by the state of Oregon and invited to take part in the survey. If you or a care provider is contacted about the survey, it is a good opportunity to provide your input on how well developmental disability services are working in our communities.

Please share our data briefs and about the importance of quality developmental disability services with others.

The state of Oregon Developmental Disabilities Services contracts the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at OHSU to conduct the Adult In-Person Survey for the state of Oregon.

On a national scale, the survey is also done in 45 other states and is supported by the Human Services Research Institute and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Who to contact

Alice Miller, M.P.H., M.S.W. - Project Coordinator

longley@ohsu.edu or 503-494-2946

Rhonda Eppelsheimer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. - Principal Investigator

eppelshe@ohsu.edu or 503-494-2705

More about the survey process