Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM)
Evaluates measures of the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities as a result of receiving services and supports. Past measures tended to focus on money spent on services for persons with disabilities, staffing ratios, and the movement of people from institutions to the community. But increasingly, federal and state policymakers speak of the importance of demonstrating the effectiveness ("outcomes") of public investments in services for persons with disabilities and these officials want information about outcomes that are measured in a consistent and accurate manner nationwide.
The purpose of the center is to:
- Identify current gaps in measuring Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), physical disabilities (PD), mental health, and aging needs
- Develop and refine measures to cover the existing gaps
- Evaluate those measure for their usability, feasibility, and psychometric properties.
RTC-OM is a center within ICI.