Staff/Providers

State of the Workforce Survey (Formally ‘Staff Stability Survey’)

The annual NCI-IDD State of the Workforce Survey collects comprehensive data on the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce providing direct supports to adults (age 18 and over) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The goal of the survey and the resulting data is to help states examine workforce challenges, identify areas for further investigation, benchmark their workforce data, measure improvements made through policy or programmatic changes, and compare their state data to those of other states and the NCI-IDD average.

States across the country have used the NCI-IDD State of the Workforce Survey data to demonstrate the critical nature of the DSP workforce crisis to legislators and policymakers. States are also engaging in deeper examinations of the data to determine the impetuses and drivers of workforce challenges. Advocates and researchers are analyzing the data to inform research into the workforce crisis and determine strategies to address the issues. The release of the 2020 State of the Workforce Survey data from 26 states and the District of Columbia marks another opportunity for state developmental disability agencies, advocates, and researchers to work together to determine the best strategies to address the DSP workforce crisis. Moreover, data from the COVID-19 survey supplement can allow states to examine gaps and strengths in emergency responses and gain a better understanding of how providers experienced the pandemic.

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A total of 26 states plus the District of Columbia administered the 2020 NCI-IDD State of the Workforce Survey/ Staff Stability Survey. All told, 2,987 provider agencies are included in this report.

2020 NCI-IDD Staff Stability Survey Report
2020 NCI-IDD Staff Stability Survey Report – COVID-19 SUPPLEMENT
2020 NCI-IDD Staff Stability Survey Report INFOGRAPHIC

For reports from other survey years, check out the Report Library.