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Case study: Special considerations

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In this step, we will return to the case studies, to explore special considerations for doing research in the field of disability.

Image shows Zeenath sitting on a bench, and female research participant also sitting on a bench. there is a palm tree in the background

Case study 1: Zeenath, Maldives

This study, aiming to investigate the impact of the disability allowance on the lives of beneficiaries, is being conducted on a national scale in the Maldives. Zeenath wants to include people with visual impairment in study and wants detailed information on income and expenditure. Zeenath does not have a disability.

Image shows Bule Pakoa sitting on bench between two research participants, an adult male, and a female child. There is a house in the background with palm trees

Case study 2: Bule Pakoa, Vanuatu

This study, aiming to understand access to WASH for people in Vanuatu. Bule Pakoa wants to make sure that children are included and wants to ask about menstrual hygiene management. Remember that Bule Pakoa is a male researcher with visual impairment.

 Image shows Wakisa with research participant who is sitting on a bench with a child sitting on her lap. Wakisa is passing the research participant a piece of paper

Case study 3: Wakisa, Malawi

This research project aims to understand children’s experiences with violence and access to available social protection mechanisms. This research topic is of a highly sensitive nature and may highlight distressing information about the child. Wakisa wants to make sure that children with hearing impairment in the study. Wakisa is a male researcher with physical impairment.

Image shows Aparna sitting on a bench with laptop on her lap and speaking on the phone (left panel) and a research participant sitting on a bench on the phone to Aparna with a child sitting on her lap (right panel)

Case study 4: Aparna, Bangladesh

This study in Bangladesh, aims to understand how people with disabilities are experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the government response can better meet the needs of people with disabilities. Aparna wants to make sure that people with intellectual impairment are included in the study.


For each case study, consider

  1. What are some of the important considerations (ethical, safeguarding, working with children, or other) for this scenario?
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