The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDGs

CBPR as a methodology to inform how policy and programmes can be altered to meet the needs of people with disabilities

Abstract

The 2030 Agenda pledges to foster shared responsibility, recognizes all as crucial enabler s of sustainable development, and calls for the mobilization of all available resources. It also commits to multi-stakeholder partnerships and pledges to be open, inclusive, participatory and transparent in its follow-up and review. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) equitably involves community members, organizational representatives and researchers, enabling them to share power and resources through drawing on the unique strengths that each partner brings. It aims to integrate any increased knowledge and understanding into action, policy and social change to improve the health and quality of life of community members. CBPR involves recruiting community or peer researchers, involving them in planning and offering them training to undertake interviews and observations in their context. They are also part of the analysis and dissemination process, and continue to work with local partners on advocacy plans and events after projects and research have finished. People with disabilities are actively part of the research process throughout.

Drawing on relevant literature and current CBPR disability research in East and West Africa, this paper puts forward CBPR as a methodology that can enable community members to identify key barriers to achieving the SDGs, and inform how policy and programmes can be altered to best meet the needs of people with disabilities.

This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council-Department for International Development (ESRC-DFID) Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme

Citation

Greenwood, M (2017) The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDG. Disability and the Global South, Vol.4, No. 1, 1143-1163

The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDGs

Published 1 January 2017