National Core Indicators (NCI)


The NCI program is a voluntary effort by state developmental disability agencies to track their performance using a standardized set of consumer and family/guardian surveys with nationally validated measures. The effort is coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).

NCI has developed more than 100 standard performance measures (or ‘indicators’) that states use to assess the outcomes of services for individuals and families, including outcomes in the areas of employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, health, and safety.

National Core Indicator (NCI) Survey

NCI In-Person Survey FY 20/21

NCI Adult In-Person Survey 2017-2018

Link to DDS NCI page


2021 NCI Survey

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has contracted with State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) to implement the National Core Indicator (NCI) In-Person Surveys (IPS) for 2020-2021. California legislation requires SCDD to conduct these In-Person Surveys (W&I Code 4571-4572). We implement the NCI IPS every three (3) years.