Feasibility Study of Support Intensity Scale (SIS) and In Control Assessment Instruments


Client: National Disability Authority, Ireland 

The National Disability Authority (NDA) in the Republic of Ireland has been engaged in a programme of research to inform its advice to the Department of Health on the optimum model to guide individualised budgeting for people with disabilities, specifically, how to ensure resource allocation between different service providers is better matched to need.

As part of this work, SQW was commissioned to undertake a comparative analysis of two resource allocation systems: In control's RAS-5 and the American Association of Intellectual Disabilities' Support Intensity Scale. SQW worked with the NDA to trial both these instruments to 120 people across a range of disabilities.

The work involved detailed analysis of the two tools and the results they generated as well as research with those directly involved in the process both the 'administrators' and the 'recipients'. It also compared the set up and delivery costs involved.

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