Increase the proportion of children who receive a developmental screening — MICH‑17 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 31.1 percent of children aged 9 through 35 months were screened for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays in the past 12 months, as reported in 2016-17

Target: 35.8 percent

Number of children aged 9 through 35 months who have completed a developmental screening.
Number of children aged 9 through 35 months.
Target-setting method

Percentage point improvement

Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline.


Methodology notes

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined as a constellation of behaviors indicating social, communicative, and behavioral impairment or abnormalities. The essential features of ASD are (a) impaired reciprocal social interactions, (b) delayed or unusual communication styles, and (c) restricted or repetitive behavior patterns.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Modified, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 but underwent a change in measurement.
Changes between HP2020 and HP2030
This objective differs from Healthy People 2020 objective MICH-29.1 in that objective MICH-29.1 tracked children aged 10 to 35 months who had been screened for developmental delays, while this objective tracks children aged 9 to 35 months who have received developmental screening.

1. Effect size h=0.1 was chosen to correspond with 10% improvement from a baseline of 50%.