Is It Time to Establish a National Disability Data System? (Issue Brief)

Disability Policy Research Brief #09-03
Publisher: Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy and Mathematica Policy Research
May 30, 2009
David Stapleton and Craig Thornton
There is a growing divergence between demands placed on the system for assisting people with disabilities and the data required to manage this system. A new brief from our Center for Studying Disability Policy seeks to stimulate discussion about the value of establishing a national disability data system to make better use of existing data and add new data. This type of system could improve coordination of federal data collection and analysis, help agencies and others gain a better understanding of those served, and provide critical information for monitoring and improving programs.