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Thank you for this interesting and important discussion. I would like to build on the responses with reference to the Inclusive Futures consortium programme. This programme develops learning and research with OPDs alongside programme implementation, to fill gaps in evidence about disability inclusive development.
The programme delivers innovative health, education, livelihoods and media projects through partnerships between non-government actors, OPDs and research partners. While doing so, it also generates evidence and programmatic learning about what works to include people with disabilities in development programmes.
Some examples relevant for this discussion include, quantitative and qualitative research pieces produced through partnerships between Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and consortium partners, on areas including how OPDs filled the gaps in COVID-19 responses. The research includes considerations for government, civil society and donors to meaningfully engage OPDs in current and future programming. Academic partners within the Inclusive Futures consortium also work with researchers with disabilities to document in greater detail the experiences of people with disabilities in and beyond the development programme, including how COVID-19 has impacted the most marginalised. Randomised control trials (RCTs) and impact evaluations are also used to effectively measure programme impact for people with disabilities, generating the ‘impact’ evidence often required for programme and policy decision-making. Further evidence and learning gathered through direct programmatic experience, including programme learning on meaningful OPD engagement, are brought together and shared in pieces such as ‘Four lessons on Inclusive Humanitarian Aid’. Research, data, learning and evidence are fed back to influence programme delivery, with the programme continually adapting to use new evidence. Examples of these resources are available at inclusivefutures.org, including as Easy Read versions.