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Global Disability: Research and Evidence

Explore how to conduct and interpret findings from global disability research

Global Disability: Research and Evidence
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Understand why and how to do research in the field of global disability

Around 15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, live with some form of disability. With ageing populations, the global number of people with disabilities will continue to grow over the coming decades. Disability often affects vulnerable groups, and is more common among women, older people, and households that are poor. People with disabilities often have higher health care needs, but may find it difficult to access services. They face a range of exclusions, from employment, education or other aspects of society.

These exclusions are contrary to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which calls upon all countries to respect and ensure the equal rights and participation of all persons with disabilities to education, health care, employment and inclusion in all aspects of society.

Evidence on disability is needed for a range of reasons - to measure the magnitude, highlight inequalities in access, and evaluate interventions that aim to improve the lives of people with disabilities. This evidence can be used to advocate, inform policy, plan services, and address the exclusions that people with disabilities face.

In this course you will learn from researchers, persons with disabilities and policy makers as we look to enhance our understanding of the importance of evidence, and how research can be conducted, interpreted and used to inform policy and practice.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is disability and why is it important
  • Why we need evidence about global disability
  • Identification/measurement of disability in surveys
  • Measuring the impact of disability
  • Data disaggregation
  • Analysing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Interpreting findings of research studies
  • Assessing the quality of research studies
  • Including people with disabilities in research
  • Decolonizing global health
  • Disseminating data
  • Using evidence to inform practice

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the concept of disability
  • Summarise how disability can be measured
  • Explore how to interpret and critically appraise evidence on disability with a range of study designs
  • Discuss important ethical considerations for conducting research with people with disabilities
  • Identify how to meaningfully include people with disabilities throughout the research process
  • Investigate how research evidence can be used to inform policy and practice

Who is the course for?

The target audience are researchers, NGO workers, disability advocates, and health professionals across a range of sectors who have an interest in gathering or interpreting evidence on disability.

No prior experience or qualifications are required; however, we will encourage people with some research experience who want to learn about disability, or people who work in NGOs focussed on disability or DPOs who want to learn about research. We will focus predominantly on research from low and middle income country contexts, however the themes are also applicable to learners from high income countries.

Who will you learn with?

I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, and a Professor of Epidemiology. I have 15+ years of experience working in disability, mostly in low and middle income areas.

Professor of disability research at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have more than 30 years experience with the disability rights movement, and from 2008-2013, I was at WHO.

Who developed the course?

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.


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