Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Families, Health and wellness, IDD Prevalence, Long-term supports and services, Self-advocacy, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion

Contact information

phone: +1 612-625-0427

Inst on Community Integration Room 210 PtH 150 Pillsbury Dr SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Heidi J. Eschenbacher, PhD, is a researcher interested in patterns of system change. Dr. Eschenbacher earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD) from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and a double B.A. from University of Minnesota. Her ongoing interest in her varied work is to explore how people, particularly those who have historically been marginalized, can use research to inform policy, practice, and social change. She enjoys the intricate details of both qualitative and quantitative data, often finding herself immersed in spreadsheets or text.

At ICI, Dr. Eschenbacher contributes that examines the supports and services people with Intellectual or Development Disabilities access or seek. She particularly enjoys applied research that bridges evidence, policy, advocacy, and practice that affects people's lives.



FISP: Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) [Archived]

Establishes and refines a comprehensive program of annual data collection from states on family support, and conducts longitudinal data analysis, policy studies, and dissemination activities to...

In collaboration with: National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Human Services Research Institute


Research and Training Center on Community Living Diversity Fellowships

Aims to (1) increase the knowledge and capacity of disability within a community-based organization (CBO) that serves diverse and/or underrepresented families, and (2) inform ICI about how to...


RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental...

In collaboration with: Human Services Research Institute, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services