Evidence-Based Policy

Evidence-Based Policy provides states with research information documenting effective policies, services, and practices.

Evidence-Based Policy, a joint a partnership between NASDDDS and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), was established in 2010. The collaboration brings state policymakers together with university researchers to develop a research-based foundation for public policy and practice.

Why Evidence is Important?

Policymakers have a professional responsibility for the conscientious use of the best available evidence in the design, management and improvement of systems of support for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What it Does

Topics of importance are selected by the NASDDDS Research Committee. Authors are recruited from university programs affiliated with AUCD. The evidence is gathered, analyzed and summarized and the key findings and policy implications are presented in a brief, clear, non-technical, but authoritative manner. Policy Briefs, author guidelines and a list of key policy topics is available on the Evidence-Based Policy website.

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs provide critical reviews of research on issues of policy significance to state and federal policymakers, advocates, families and practitioners. Evidence-Based Policy Briefs are distributed to NASDDDS and AUCD member state agencies, state developmental disabilities councils, protection and advocacy agencies, and other state and federal partners including AIDD, ACL, CMS, NIDRR, and OSERS.

Policy Brief findings and recommendations are presented throughout the year in webinars jointly sponsored by NASDDDS and AUCD as well as in national conferences and meetings.

Policy Briefs may be viewed on the Evidence-Based Policy Initiative website.