Minnesota's Olmstead Quality of Life Survey, being implemented as part of Minnesota's Olmstead Plan by The Improve Group. This graphic depicts three different people with a range of disabilities who are working, living, learning, or doing the activities that they enjoy in the communities of their choice. The Quality of Life Survey measures changes or improvements in the lives of people with disabilities. And the goal of the survey is to answer the question, “Are you better off now than you were before?”
The Improve Group is working with the State of Minnesota to implement the Olmstead Quality of Life Follow-up Survey for people who participated in the Baseline Survey in 2017.

About the Survey

The Olmstead Quality of Life survey is a part of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. The survey results will be used to help make Minnesota a place where people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated community settings of their choice.

The Quality of Life (QOL) Survey measures changes in the lives of people with disabilities. The Improve Group is working with Minnesota's Olmstead Implementation Office to interview people with disabilities who are receiving services in selected settings. The interviews will happen all over the State of Minnesota. The State will use this information from the survey to improve options and choices for people with disabilities throughout the state.

The survey was implemented for the first time in 2017 to create a baseline for the State to measure progress towards its goals. Now in 2018, we are following up with the initial participants to learn about what has changed.

The success of this effort requires that we listen intentionally to hear about experiences directly from people with disabilities. It also requires support from many partners, including people with disabilities, service providers, families, community members, and caregivers.

The Olmstead Quality of Life Baseline Survey received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the Minnesota Department of Human Services on July 26, 2016. You can click here to view the original IRB approval letter. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has since extended its IRB approval for the current follow-up study. 

Do you want to learn about the results from the Olmstead Quality of Life Baseline Survey? Click here to view the 2017 report.

Do you have questions about the survey?

For more information about the survey, look at these frequently asked questions.

If you were selected to participate, please reach out to The Improve Group using the contact information on the materials you received.