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Case studies: how would you measure disability in this scenario

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In this step, we will return to the case studies introduced in week 1, to enhance our understanding of measurement of disability.

Image shows Zeenath sitting at a desk at her computer

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 has decided that she wants to do a large population-based survey to answer this question. Data collectors will go house to house, visiting research participants in their homes.

Image shows Bule Pakoa at his computer with headphones on

Case study 2: Bule Pakoa, Vanuatu

This study, aiming to understand access to WASH for people in Vanuatu, will be conducted in three of the 83 islands of Vanuatu. Bule Pakoa has decided that research participants will be visited in their homes to collect data for this study.

Image shows Wakisa at his desk

Case study 3: Wakisa, Malawi

This research project aims to understand children’s experiences with violence and access to available social protection mechanisms. Wakisa has decided to visit research participants in their homes to collect data for this study.

Image shows Aparna sitting with laptop on lap, and hearing aid in her ear

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 has concerns about not being able to visit people in their homes due to the risk of possible exposure to the virus – both participants possibly transmitting Covid-19 to the research team, and data collectors transmitting to the research participants. She is considering other ways to reach participants – such as via the phone or internet.


For each case study, consider

  • How would you measure disability in each of these case studies?

  • What are the requirements (human, technical)?

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