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Course Overview

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.

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 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

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 focused on disability or DPOs who want to learn about research.

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