START Information Reporting System (SIRS)

The START model relies on data to provide feedback to stakeholders and to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of START services. The START Information and Reporting System (SIRS) database captures de-identified health, demographic and service information about START service users across the country and has the ability to provide stakeholders with customized reporting by caseload, region and state. SIRS allows for the analysis of service outcomes for START users and provides valuable information on service effectiveness over time for decision makers. The graphic below demonstrates a decision making loop that is at the core of evidence informed practices. 

SIRS data are used in a variety of ways to support START programs. These include:

  • Reporting to stakeholders: SIRS includes a number of standardized reports that summarize data collected by caseload, region, and state. The reports allow for the identification of trends in a variety of areas including service use and effectiveness of START services. The SIRS also provides users with the capacity to download current data at any time to address internal needs/questions.
  • Internal quality assurance (fidelity to the model): SIRS is used to monitor several key START program requirements such as the development of Cross-System Crisis Intervention and Prevention Plans, the development of START Action Plans, the administration of assessment tools and regular client outreach.
  • Individual outcomes: SIRS can track and report individual client outcomes through service utilization data, emergency service usage and assessment results over time. These data can assist clinicians in understanding how START is working for individual clients.
  • Program outcomes: SIRS can help community and program stakeholders monitor the effectiveness of START services in their community.
  • Evaluation: In addition to reporting and quality improvement activities, SIRS provides an evidence-informed data set to help enhance systems as we work to increase effective person-centered outcomes for individuals with IDD, their families, and their communities and can be used to enhance our knowledge about the populations served.