HSRI: DOH-DDD Evaluation Project

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Project Dates

October 2022 – August 2024

Funding Source

HI – Department of Health / HSRI


This project is contracted by the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to conduct an evaluation study of the Hawaii Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division (DOH-DDD) about their current status of home and community-based services provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The DOH-DDD implemented a series of initiatives starting in 2016 to adjust the type and quality of services and support provided to constituents.

For this project, the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) team will lead the qualitative study on the impacts of DOH-DDD change initiatives on people—waiver participants and other key stakeholders. These impacts will be explored through focus groups and key informant interviews. Our aim is to highlight the voices from people who receive services, family members, caregivers, case managers, direct support professionals, and service providers.

Timeline of the Study

Recruitment: starting in July 2023
Focus groups: August 2023 – January 2024
One-on-one interviews: August 2023 – January 2024

How to Get Involved

We are seeking input from:

  • People who receive services
  • Family members
  • Advocacy groups
  • Caregivers
  • Adult Foster Home Caregivers
  • Case managers
  • Service supervisors
  • Direct Support Professionals
  • Adult Day Health Services
  • and other service providers

If you are interested in sharing your story, please fill out the form by clicking on the button below. You may also email at intvwcds@hawaii.edu or call at 808-956-2653.

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Focus Group Flier (for service recipients)
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Principal Investigator

Kiriko Takahashi, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS). Her projects at CDS range in scope from basic and applied research to demonstration projects. Her research interests include transition of students with disabilities in the STEM pipeline, on culturally responsive teaching, on inclusive education, and on Universal Design for Learning and the use of assistive technology. She also teaches graduate courses in Disability & Diversity Studies. Originally from Japan, she is also involved in multiple international activities and research. She jointly organizes an International Disability Inclusion Symposium on Higher Education and Disability (IDIS) with her…


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Primary Contact


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Robert A Stodden, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus/International Ambassador Founding Director, Center on Disability Studies (retired)


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