Research Project

Measuring child outcomes in disability services

Outcomes for children and young people using disability services: A survey for carers

The aim of this research was to adapt an outcomes survey that was originally designed for adults so that it can be used by carers of children/ young people with disability. It is a survey that was designed to measure the impact that services and supports have on the lives of children and young people with disability between the ages of 0-14 years.

Scope’s research team spoke to 21 carers of children with disability in focus groups and interviewed 10 staff members who have experience working with children and young people with disability. They showed them a revised version of the adult survey and asked for feedback about how to make it relevant for children and young people.

Based on the results of the focus groups and interviews, the survey was adapted. 215 carers of children and young people across Australia then completed the adapted survey online and answered some questions regarding the project. Twelve disability professionals also completed a survey about the usefulness and relevancy of the survey.

As a result of this research:

  • Disability service providers will have access to an evidence-based survey that can be used to assess outcomes for children and young people with disability.
  • Service providers can use information about outcomes to inform service delivery.
  • Carers can use the information from the survey they complete to assess the effectiveness of a service or support.

See the results of our research here.

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