Program Development and Evaluation

In keeping with the Shriver Center’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), we offer program development, evaluation, and consultation services to agencies that serve this population. The Shriver Center also works with hospitals and other agencies to address the needs of siblings and parents of children with mental health needs.

Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)

Through the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER), we apply our research—as well as our experience and expertise—to ensure that our client agencies offer the most effective programs and services.

Our program development, evaluation and consultation services include:

  • Descriptive and statistical analyses
  • Statistical prediction and risk adjustment
  • Gap analyses
  • Benchmarking

To learn how we can assist your organization, please contact us.

Sibling Support Program

Through the Sibling Support Program, innovative partnerships are built between the Shriver Center and mental health agencies. Using customized sibling support groups led by trained professionals, and psycho-educational groups led by parent mentors, we help to stabilize and strengthen families of children with mental health needs.

Research goals for the Sibling Support Program include:

  • Building resiliency and decreasing trauma among siblings of children with mental illness.
  • Building parenting skills designed to support siblings and empower caregivers.
  • Building capacity among providers who practice family-centered mental health care.

For more information about the Sibling Support Program, contact the Director of Sibling Support at

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