How do we synthesise evidence on disability?

Evidence briefs are developed following a three-step process.

  1. Firstly, a thorough search of the literature on a given topic is conducted using multiple online databases.
  2. Secondly, a database for extracting data is created and coded with detail linked to key questions and the answers which are provided. For this ‘Review of Reviews’, special attention is paid to where authors used quality ratings of the included literature and evidence generated within LMICs.
  3. The final step in the extraction and analysis process is to review all synthesised data and collate the findings into a digestible language and format that outlines challenges and recommendations for the questions outlined.

Where evidence for key questions in LMICs are limited, the data extracted will be drawn from recommendations based on reviews on HICs. For all content published with this consideration however, a blurb to notify the users will be included for their attention. This is a way to identify opportunities to both highlight where LMIC evidence is needed, as well as to posit which good practices from HICs might be transferrable to different settings.

Evidence briefs published on the portal will be reviewed for updating a) every 3 years alongside newly published evidence and/or b) when 4 to 5 new systematic reviews have been published on the specific topic.

Interested in writing an evidence brief? Check out our Disability Evidence Toolkit and contact us for more information at info [at]