Administration Update – SPLG Final Report; NCI Data

The Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) Final Report now is online. The SPLG engaged the statewide developmental disabilities community in processes to help set strategic direction, and improve Ohio’s developmental disabilities service system during the next ten years. From November 2013 to November 2014 SPLG members worked to develop various benchmarks toward this goal. The resulting 24 benchmarks are contained in the report, as well as information about the planning process. DODD thanks the 24 members of the SPLG, and greatly appreciates their commitment to this important work. The recommendations will help to inform and guide the future of Ohio’s DD service system. More information about the SPLG is online in the Our Future section of the DODD website.

National Core Indicators

DODD is preparing to begin the process to collect data for the 2014-2015 National Core Indicators (NCI) survey cycle. NCI is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. NCI began in 1997 as a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to encourage and support NASDDDS member agencies to develop a standard set of performance measures that could be used by states to manage quality, and to work together to make comparisons and set benchmarks.

Approximately 700 individuals from across the system will be interviewed, as well at 100 individuals who have moved from Developmental Centers into community-based settings. County Board staff may be asked to gather information and coordinate interviews for a few individuals in their county – County Boards soon will receive more information from the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research.

DODD has participated in NCI for seven years, and uses the data to measure system performance, and collect systems-level data that is used to monitor the service delivery system, make policy decisions, allocate resources, and help determine where to make improvements to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. DODD Director John Martin frequently refers to NCI data in presentations and discussions, noting the value of national comparisons for planning purposes.

HSRI recently released reports for 2012-2013. Ohio reports are posted on DODD’s website – visit to read the reports and learn more about NCI.