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Research project: Quality and capacity in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities (Nind) - Dormant - Dormant

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1 April 2011 – 30 May 2012

Melanie Nind’s ESRC study (RES-000-22-4423) was a response to the way in which increasingly people with learning disabilities are calling for greater participation in research about them and policy-makers are recognising this need. The research aimed to take stock by bringing people together to share experiences, debate issues and build capacity.

The objectives were to produce guidance on the issues and challenges in inclusive research, develop materials and case studies of practices barriers are being broken down, advances made and orthodoxies challenged in addition to generating criteria for judging quality in inclusive research.

Four focus groups, two involving researchers with learning disabilities who lead and conduct their own research, one of researchers with and without learning disabilities collaborating as co-researchers, and one of academic researchers with experience of gathering data from or with people with learning disabilities, met for a series of encounters exploring core themes and sensitive tensions emerging from all the groups. Data from this process informed a focus group meeting of policy makers and research commissioners and a final plenary focus enabled the analytic themes and knowledge generated to be shared and developed.

Findings indicated that there is still much being learned about inclusive research and so we need to keep an expansive vision of what is possible. The project report includes criteria for judging quality in inclusive research and guidance material.

For more details about this project please see our digital story, our published paper

Inclusive research and inclusive education: why connecting them makes sense for teachers’ and learners’ democratic development of education

or look at our Final Report under 'Useful Downloads' to the right. You can also find more information on our project website:

See also What is Inclusive Research?

Funding body: Economic and Social Research Council RES-000-22-4423

PI: Melanie Nind

Related research groups

Centre for Research in Inclusion

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