when NGOs andWhile NGOs and Research agencies sometimes appear to move in oposite diections, possitive results can really come out of their collaboration for projects that aim at empowring people with disabiliites. one way to achieve collaboration between NGOs and researchers is in setting and executing a learning agenda for example at Stromme foundation, we have contracted a univrsity faculty to work with us on setting learning queston for the economic empowerment project for people with disabilities. we have jointly developed data collecton tools based on the learning agenda that combine academic research riggor and practical needs for project implementors. the researchers have trained people with disabiltieis to use the tools. when the data is collected, the researchers faciltate participatory annalsysi and ther eis a feeling that the findings which are emerging are likely to be owned up. they are evidence based and the organizations and people with disabiilties feel confident to take them on board.