2019 International Conference

Evidence in Disability Inclusive Development

We invite you to join the 3rd International Conference on Disability and Development.

The Conference will take place at the International Center for Evidence in Disability (ICED), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK and will be co-hosted by ICED and Sightsavers, in partnership with CBM, Action for Disability and Development (ADD), and Help Age International.


Date:                November 5-6, 2019

Venue:              London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK


The Conference seeks to bring together people with an interest in research and evidence from around the world to discuss and debate Evidence in Disability Inclusive Development.

The focus will be on new research findings, methodologies and tools and implications of evidence for policy and practice. All those with a strong interest in better collection of disability data and use of evidence in decision-making are very welcome to attend.  This event is particularly relevant for researchers and policymakers.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend keynote addresses from international experts, and contribute to panel discussions, training workshops and oral and poster presentations. Keynote speakers to be announced!

Topics for the conference will include:

  • What evidence exists on “What Works” (and what does not) in disability-inclusive development?
    • Evidence from impact evaluations and trials
    • Evidence from systematic reviews
  • Assessing needs and unmet needs for disability inclusive development
    • Assessing need and unmet need in health (including mental health), education, livelihood, attitudes, social protection, and assistive technology
    • Understanding the relationship between disability-related exclusion and other (individual or contextual) factors
  • Methodological approaches and issues in collecting data to inform disability-inclusive development
    • Tools to measure inclusion and participation
    • Participatory methods
    • Process and impact evaluations, and randomized controlled trials
    • Disaggregating collected data by disability
    • Complex methodological issues (e.g. ethics, inter-sectionality)
  • How do we use evidence in order to inform disability-inclusive development?
    • Role of research in supporting (and challenging!) activism, practice and policy
    • Case studies of efforts to use research findings to influence policies and practice
    • Opportunities and challenges of using research evidence to influence policies and practice
  • Active engagement of persons with disabilities
    • Engagement in research conduct, analysis and interpretation
    • Relationship of research organisations with Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)
    • Using testimony to change attitudes to disability


Registration and Abstract submission for oral/poster presentation is now open. Please click through for the link.


Abstracts up to 250 words can be submitted. We will accept abstracts focusing on empirical data from primary research and secondary data analyses, or abstracts that drive theory. We particularly welcome abstracts focusing on the topics outlined above.

Restricted to one first author abstract per participant

Deadline for abstract submission June 30, 2019. 

Please submit the form to: .

If submitting registration only, please leave abstract form blank.



  • £50 –applicants from low and middle income settings, or UK research students
  • £100 – applicants from high income settings

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