National Core Indicators
The Louisiana Department of Health/ Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), along with 46 other states and the District of Columbia participate in the National Core IndicatorsTM (NCI) annual consumer survey. This survey consists of face-to-face interviews with a randomly chosen sample of adults with developmental disabilities who receive services from OCDD as well as mail-out surveys to family members or guardians of a randomly chosen sample of people with developmental disabilities who receive services from OCDD.
The survey cycle begins every year between February and April, when people who are randomly chosen from the OCDD census lists are contacted and invited to participate in the face-to-face interviews. The interviews are conducted at locations that best meet the needs of the participants. The mail surveys, which go to family members of separately chosen random samples of people receiving services through OCDD, generally are mailed no later than the beginning of April each year.
The survey questions are standard for all states that participate, which helps OCDD compare its performance against the national average. A few additional questions have been developed specifically for Louisiana services. Mail survey recipients are asked to return the completed surveys in a pre-addressed postage paid mailer or to complete the survey on the line at a dedicated link that is provided in the mailing no later than June 15 of the same year. Mail surveys are anonymous to encourage candid responses. The results of the interviews and surveys are entered into the NCI database to be tabulated and included in national findings.
Any participants or family member selected for an interivew or survey are encouraged to direct any questions or request for assistance to complete the survey to the NCI coordinators at the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, at 225.342.0095 (toll-free phone number 1.866.783.5553). To learn more about NCI, click here.
Definition of NCI Target Audience for Surveys
The primary sources of NCI data are the Adult Consumer Survey and Family Surveys. OCDD has a goal of obtaining 400 completed surveys for each group.
Adult Consumer Survey - The purpose of this survey is to acquire individual demographic, service and health information as well as information directly from adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities concerning the presence of valued outcomes in their lives.
Family Surveys - Mail surveys are distributed to families who have a family member with a disability and are intended to assess system responsiveness to their needs, quality of services, and their overall satisfaction. There are three distinct surveys for families:
- a survey of families who have an adult family member with a developmental disability who lives with them (Adult Family Survey);
- a survey of families or guardians whose adult family member with a developmental disability is in residential placement (Family Guardian Survey); and
- a survey of families who have a child with a developmental disability who lives with them (Child Family Survey).
To view PowerPoint presentations about NCI, click here.
Louisiana NCI Outcome Reports- 2014-15
NCI Adult Consumer Survey Outcomes Report
NCI User Friendly Adult Consumer Outcomes Report
NCI Child Family Survey Report
NCI User Friendly Child Family Survey Report
NCI Adult Family Survey Report
NCI User Friendly Adult Family Survey Report
NCI Family Guardian Survey Report
NCI User Friendly Family Guardian Survey Report