The National Core Indicators (NCI) program is a collaborative effort between the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). It is nationally recognized as a valuable source of information about individuals with developmental disabilities receiving services across a large sample of states. The information is gathered by surveying individuals with developmental disabilities and their families about their satisfaction with the services they receive and their overall quality of life.

In California, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) coordinates the implementation of NCI surveys and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) conducts the surveys for DDS. The core indicators are standard measures used to measure the outcomes of services provided to individuals and their families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety.

NCI Resources

More about NCI

  • What is an indicator?
  • What are the NCI data sources?
  • NCI framework
  • Accountability through NCI