National Core Indicators Project

The National Core Indicators (NCI) Project is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. The Core Indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families.  Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

Within the state of Ohio the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) measures system performance and collects system-level data through National Core Indicators (NCI) surveys. The data is then used to monitor, make decisions, allocate resources, and develop plans to improve the quality of life for the people they serve across the state. To see how DODD uses NCI data through reports and figures click here.

Beginning in 2015, the Nisonger Center will administer the NCI surveys for DODD. Annually, Nisonger will conduct face-to-face interviews with approximately 700 adult consumers, both living in ICF/IDDs and those receiving home and community-based services. In addition, about 100 individuals who have moved from a Developmental Center into a community setting will be asked to participate in the survey.

For more information, please contact: Anna Sigman at or 1-888-685-0984