Greetings from the Disability and Other Vulnerable Population (DOVP) TIG! We are the DVOP leadership team, Caitlyn Bukaty, June Gothberg, and Sarah von Schrader. This week we’re excited to share a series of posts focused on inclusive evaluation.
Today we want you to consider: Who’s taking part in evaluation? In many cases the group of stakeholders can be quite broad – professionals, consumers, customers, clients, students, families – across the many facets of evaluation the list expands quickly. Given the wide range of people who can participate in evaluation it’s important to design evaluation with everyone in mind.
As leaders of the DOVP TIG our mission is to support the field of evaluation in building practices that make evaluation accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) almost 1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability1,2. The World Health Organization estimates a similar figure globally3 accounting for about 1 billion people in the world.
This means that if you are conducting evaluation it’s highly likely that some of your stakeholders have a disability, whether or not you are working with a specific population of individuals with disabilities.
Some individuals with disability may face specific barriers to participation and use in an evaluation. For example, individual with a vision impairment may use a screen reader. By preparing surveys and reports to be accessible with screen readers, this population can participate in evaluation independently. Individuals with language difficulties or cognitive impairments may benefit from shorter, more direct surveys or alternative response options. The figure people offers insight into the prevalence of specific disabilities, which may help you decide what accessibility features to incorporate.
This week we will offer you a range of insightful posts centered on designing evaluations to reach as many stakeholders as possible. We know that we can’t cover everything in a week, so we encourage you to reach out, follow up, ask questions, and get involved with the DOVP TIG so that we can work together to create evaluation for all!
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0730-us-disability.html
2 Courtney-Long, E. A., Carroll, D. D., Zhang, Q. C., Stevens, A. C., Griffin-Blake, S., Armour, B. S., & Campbell, V. A. (2015). Prevalence of disability and disability types among adults – United States, 2013. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(29), 777–783.
3 World Health Organization. (2011). World report on disability (p. 325). Malta. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/
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