Building research capacity

One of the aims of the National Disability Research Partnership is to build disability research capacity. This project has three parts: clarifying what we mean by research capacity, a research study to ask people what good research capacity would look like, and developing a plan for how we can get there.


What do we mean by

What does high research
capacity look like?

What do we need to do to get there?

Part 1: What do we mean by research capacity?

We asked researchers at the University of New South Wales Canberra to help us answer this question. 

Research capacity is individuals, teams, organisations and disciplines having the ability (research expertise, knowledge and skills) to undertake research activities and disseminate research findings, as well as the funding, resources / time, and incentives to undertake and engage in research.

You can read the full paper at the link below.

Part 2: What does high research capacity look like?

We are doing a research project to identify what high disability research capacity looks like in Australia and where the current gaps are in achieving this. The project will interview up to 35 people from universities, Disabled People's Organisations and advocacy organisations, government, and services.


The project will be guided by the four key research questions:

  1. What would high disability research capacity look like in Australia?

  2. What is currently in place to support research capacity?

  3. Where are the gaps between what is currently in place and what needs to be in place?

  4. What are good examples of disability research capacity? What can we learn from them?

Part 3: What do we need to get there?

After the research project, we will develop a plan that outlines the ways we can build disability research capacity, to recommend as a key part of a future National Disability Research Partnership.

Watch this space for more information. We will share outcomes of this project over the coming months. If you have any questions you can contact Tessa de Vries, NDRP Coordinator on or 03 8344 2813, or Dr Fiona Buick who is leading the research project on