@RClarkeDFID tweeted this week about @LSHTM innovation to help people with disabilities access quality eye-tests (huge unmet need).

Want more on @DFID_Research 's new work..?
DFID has long supported DID research - starting long before DFID was DFID.

If you like your research methods ‘old skool’ head back to 2001 (SocSci&Med) for ODA-funded research on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in urban India in '90s.... 2/14
....ancient history but focused on a pressing need to evaluate <quality> & <effectiveness> of DID services (e.g. compare goals of service users with those of providers; & whether goals were met).

In 2019... Quality/Measurement/Effectiveness are still pressing questions...
Before 2018 #GlobalDisabilitySummit @DFID_RED reviewed our DID research / innovation work. As earlier with #VAWG, we saw good research describing experience/challenges/activities - but a gap on effectiveness/impact.

As in VAWG, we knew too little about ‘What Works?’ 4/14
@DFID_Research commissioned an <Evidence Gap Map> by @campbellreviews @LSHTM @CEDIL2018.
This 'effectiveness map' trawled for research/evaluation that measured effects & impacts.
Like many such maps, it found gaps... 5/14
Few interventions had been tested for impact (>100 studies on health interventions/outcomes; 30 on Education; few in livelihoods or social inclusion; virtually none for empowerment).
There were big geographic gaps - particularly for sub-Sahara Africa.
New Programme! <PENDA>
‘Programme for Evidence to iNform Disability Action’ (& ‘love’ in kiSwahili)

PENDA targets ‘what works’ to improve well-being & inclusion of people with disabilities.
Led by @TommyShakes & @hannahk1974 at @ICED_LSHTM
See 7/14
PENDA will deliver 10 new impact evaluations (mainly Africa); develop measurement tools for 'What Works' in DID; & help build capacity of people with disabilities in global south – including to do research.

PENDA consortium @CBMworldwide @adduk @HelpAge @ICED_LSHTM
New Programme! <AT2030>

Challenge: 1 billion people worldwide need some form of Assistive Technology (AT) e.g. eyeglasses hearing-aids prosthetics orthotics, personal digital devices & wheelchairs. Only 1 in 10 have access to the AT they need - including basic spectacles. 9/14
AT2030 : 'double investment for triple the impact' (& 100% match funded).

Aim: reach 9m people with AT thru 30 new ‘disruptive technologies’, 10 innovative service models, 50 start-ups.

Led by @DFID_Climate @assisttech2030 @gdihub @vickiaustingdi
...& reach further 6m people via ‘Sport Against Stigma’ prog connected to 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

And with the @GDI Hub, DFID will work with @GSMA to expand global understanding of how mobile tech can benefit those living with disabilities
[[[LISTEN UP]]]]]]... and on Monday we launch @assistTech2030 #InnovateNow competition for our accelerator programme to catalyse #AssistiveTechnology #innovation. [invest in 100 start-up over 3 years]. 12/14
We also stepped up efforts to make DID prominent across wider research portfolio- a few @DFID_RED_GCSD examples:

..& adolescents - @GAGE_programme
..& VAWG - @WhatWorksVAWG
..& conflict - @SLRCtweet

Nearly 1 year on from #GlobalDisabilitySummit inclusion of people with disabilities remains a key challenge to achieving the SDGs.

@DFID_Research works with brilliant partners to tackle key #evidence & #innovation gaps. #LeaveNoonebehind #Nowisthetime

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