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.

Questionnaire versions

Participant ageParticipant standardParticipant Easy English/pictorialFamily/carer
0 to schoolParticipant 0-school Family 0-15
School age to 15Participant school-15 Family 0-15
15-24Participant 15-24Participant 15-24 Easy EnglishFamily 15-24
25-55Participant 25-55Participant 25-55 Easy EnglishFamily 25 and over
Over 55Participant over 55Participant over 55 Easy EnglishFamily 25 and over

Participant outcome domains

Domain0 to schoolSchool to 1515 and over
1Children gain functional, developmental and coping skills that are appropriate to their ability and circumstancesChildren grow in independenceChoice and control
2Children show evidence of self-determination in their everyday livesChildren are welcomed and educated in their local schoolDaily living activities
3Children participate meaningfully in family lifeChildren form friendships with peers and have positive relationships with their familyRelationships
4Children participate meaningfully in community lifeChildren participate in local social and recreational activitiesHome
5Specialist services assist children to be included in families and community Health and wellbeing
6  Lifelong learning
7  Work
8  Social, community and civic participation

Family outcome domains

Domain0 to 1515 to 2425 and over
1Families understand their children’s strengths, abilities and special needsFamilies understand their young person’s strengths, abilities and special needsFamilies have the support they need to care
2Families know their rights and advocate effectively for their children with disabilityFamilies know their rights and advocate effectively for their young person with disabilityFamilies know their rights and advocate effectively for their family member with disability
3Families help their children develop and learnFamilies help their young person become independentFamilies are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their community
4Families feel supportedFamilies feel supportedFamilies have succession plans
5Families are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their communityFamilies are able to gain access to desired services, programs, and activities in their communityFamilies enjoy health and wellbeing
6Families enjoy health and wellbeingFamilies enjoy health and wellbeing 

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