The NDIS Evaluation is a major project undertaken by Flinders University between 2013 -2016. The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) has commissioned this independent evaluation to monitor how the NDIS trial is doing.
The National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), at Flinders University, is leading a consortium of researchers, and has engaged Experts in the States and Territories where Trial Sites are underway, to assist with this independent evaluation. Advocacy for Inclusion has been appointed as the Australian Capital Territory Expert.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council has approved the NDIS Evaluation Framework, which outlines the scope, design and high level methodology, and key evaluation challenges. This document provides an overview of the way in which the NILS-led team will monitor and evaluate the experience of participants, and their families and carers, specialist service providers and their workforces in the NDIS trial sites
The NDIS Evaluation is independent, and separate from other feedback mechanisms. This means that the Experts and NILS-led Consortium will not pass any feedback or information that you provide directly to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – the evidence it gathers will instead be directed towards understanding and evaluating the impacts of the NDIS (with the ultimate aim of improving the scheme). Sharing your experiences through the NDIS evaluation will not help you to resolve any individual problems, but may eventually contribute to the scheme being made better.
(If you want to know more about how to make a complaint or give feedback directly to the National Disability Insurance Agency visit this page: Giving feedback, making complaints or challenging NDIA decisions)