The Commonwealth government has provided seed funding to establish a new National Disability Research Partnership (NDRP) which brings together experts in disability policy and research to deliver a world-class disability research and policy hub.
This is the start of an exciting journey, which we hope will build greater shared purpose.
The NDRP will aim to facilitate a collaborative, translational research program through partnerships between academics, people with disability, their families and carers, peak advocacy and consumer groups, governments and service providers to conduct cutting-edge policy-relevant research that enables people with disability to participate fully in society.
Seed funding is intended to initially establish and demonstrate the value of a national partnership. The goal is to create a longer-term partnership model that will enable Australia to build capacity and conduct high quality research that helps provide solutions to the many policy and practice challenges in disability policy, service delivery and mainstream services.
The two-year plan
The NDRP will build a case through a number of core activities for sustained disability research and identify potential long-term funding streams to ensure that policy and practice reform delivers the best possible outcomes for people with disability and their families and carers into the future.
Produce a research agenda building on existing foundations that will see research significantly enhance the lives of people with disability, their families and carers through policy and practice.
Map relevant research capability in Australia and propose strategies and activities for building research capacity and partnerships.
Produce a practical guide to research approaches including principles for disability-inclusive research.
Demonstrate through a select number of projects the capacity of the NDRP to work together to deliver solutions on priority issues as identified in the research agenda and inform long-term governance arrangements.
Develop and seek ratification of a future governance model for the NDRP designed to engage a range of stakeholders across the disability community, advocacy bodies, governments, philanthropy, service providers and industry which will attract future on-going, significant funding for disability research.
The NDRP is uniquely positioned to make a lasting impact through deep engagement between academics, people with disability, peak advocacy and consumer groups, governments and service providers to conduct cutting-edge applied research to guide Australia’s commitments to enable people with disability to be full citizens.
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By working together, we will have the opportunity to inform of the future of disability policy.
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