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Case studies: Assessing impact and lived experiences

In this step, we will return to the case studies, to enhance our understanding of assessing the lived experiences. Remember in week 1 you developed a research question for each case study, and week 2 you considered how disability should be measured in these case studies. Keep these ideas in mind when addressing the next set of questions in this step.

Image shows Zeenath sitting with female research participant taking notes

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. Specifically, Zeenath is interested to explore the impact of the disability allowance on poverty for people with disabilities and their families. Zeenath decided to measure disability using the Washington group questions.

Image shows Bule Pakoa standing at a sign about hand washing

Case study 2: Bule Pakoa, Vanuatu

This study aims to understand access to WASH for people in Vanuatu. Bule Pakoa decided to select people with disabilities using self-reported measures.

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. Wakisa has decided to select children with disabilities from DPOs and special schools.

Image shows Aparna at her desk with a laptop and paper, whilst on the phone to a research participant

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 decided to select participants with disabilities from disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in rural and urban areas, and collect data over the phone.


For each case study, consider

  1. What methods might you use to answer the research question you defined earlier in the course (I.e. Qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)?
  2. What types of people might you include in this study?
  3. How you might include people with disabilities in data collection?

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