How the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is measuring outcomes
Posted on 20 January 2016 by Yooralla
One of the NDIS’ key aims is to assist people with disability to live an ordinary life.
The scheme’s focus is on maximising potential and ensuring that people with disability have opportunities to participate in the community, make a contribution and maintain choice and control over decisions in their life.
As the NDIS is responsible for monitoring and measuring the success of the scheme, that is the support and services funded with intention to maximise outcomes, an outcomes framework has been developed.
The outcomes framework has been developed after a review of other measures used across the country and internationally, and in consultation with stakeholder groups such as:
- the NDIS Independent Advisory Committee
- Chief Executive Officer forums
- disability researchers
- experts supporting marginalised and vulnerable communities
- intellectual disability experts.
The outcomes framework was implemented as a pilot in the Barwon, Hunter and Tasmanian trial sites in the first quarter of 2015. A full report on the outcomes from the trial is available on the NDIS website.
The outcomes framework uses 11 different questionnaire versions to assess a number of outcome domains describing different life stages for participants, as well as domains relevant to families and carers of eligible participants. It is expected that participants in the scheme or their families and/or carers will participate in outcomes interviews as part of the planning process.
The framework will then be used to measure how and where the scheme is making a difference for individuals and overall. The dashboards reporting the outcomes against the domains can be viewed on the NDIS website.
|Participant age||Participant standard||Participant Easy English/pictorial||Family/carer|
|0 to school||Participant 0-school||Family 0-15|
|School age to 15||Participant school-15||Family 0-15|
|15-24||Participant 15-24||Participant 15-24 Easy English||Family 15-24|
|25-55||Participant 25-55||Participant 25-55 Easy English||Family 25 and over|
|Over 55||Participant over 55||Participant over 55 Easy English||Family 25 and over|
Participant outcome domains
|Domain||0 to school||School to 15||15 and over|
|1||Children gain functional, developmental and coping skills that are appropriate to their ability and circumstances||Children grow in independence||Choice and control|
|2||Children show evidence of self-determination in their everyday lives||Children are welcomed and educated in their local school||Daily living activities|
|3||Children participate meaningfully in family life||Children form friendships with peers and have positive relationships with their family||Relationships|
|4||Children participate meaningfully in community life||Children participate in local social and recreational activities||Home|
|5||Specialist services assist children to be included in families and community||Health and wellbeing|
|8||Social, community and civic participation|
Family outcome domains
|Domain||0 to 15||15 to 24||25 and over|
|1||Families understand their children’s strengths, abilities and special needs||Families understand their young person’s strengths, abilities and special needs||Families have the support they need to care|
|2||Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their children with disability||Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their young person with disability||Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their family member with disability|
|3||Families help their children develop and learn||Families help their young person become independent||Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community|
|4||Families feel supported||Families feel supported||Families have succession plans|
|5||Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community||Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community||Families enjoy health and wellbeing|
|6||Families enjoy health and wellbeing||Families enjoy health and wellbeing|
Learn more about the NDIS
- What is the NDIS?
- When is the NDIS coming to my area?
- How do I access the NDIS?
- How does NDIS planning work?
- Who can support me?
- NDIS resources
- Stories from people in the NDIS
- Frequently asked questions