NEW! Disability-inclusive research guidance

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In collaboration with CBM Australia, Nossal Institute for Global Health, and Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), the RDI Network proudly launched a new guidance for development practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.

>>> Research for All: Making Research Inclusive of People with Disabilities.


This is also for practitioners doing any kind of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) work.

Why? For development research to be ethical, to uphold high-quality standards, and to uphold new equitable systems (for the future) it must be inclusive of people with disabilities (as well as other under-represented peoples). Including people with disabilities will have long-term gain in relationship-building, in treating people with disabilities as fellow humans deserving of high-quality, useful and self-determined development projects, both as instigators and as beneficiaries.

What’s in the guide? Practical tools and resources, case studies, checklists, illustrations, and templates. The guide is divided into three sections to break down the many different approaches to inclusion.

  • Section One explains the background principles of disability-inclusive development (DID).
  • Section Two focuses on the ethical considerations and informed consent processes working with people with disabilities. In particular, in the context of development, cultural differences and differences in power.
  • Section Three examines each phase of the research cycle (Planning, Design, Implementation and Dissemination) and highlights changes to practice to undertake to include people with disabilities.

What else? ACFID will be co-hosting a series of three in-depth online webinars to discuss disability-inclusive research in July and August. Join our newsletter to keep in touch and stay in the loop. 


This guide is available in hardcopy and softcopy. The softcopy download is an accessible and interactive PDF.