Working Guide to Identify and Support Children with Disabilities

Using the Key Informant Method: A Working Guide to Identify and Support Children with Disabilities.
15 April 2015

Evidence based guide to identify and support children with disabilities


The free resource from researchers at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine provides an evidence-based guide and materials to identify children in an affordable and reliable way using community volunteers.

Due to the relatively low prevalence of childhood disability, approaches to survey the population in order to identify children are rare. This means many children with epilepsy or physical, sensory and intellectual impairments often fail to be detected and referred for support.

Children, who go without appropriate support, are more likely to experience serious illness and are less likely to go to school, with long-lasting negative impact on their lives.

This new resource,
Using the Key Informant Method: A Working Guide , provides comprehensive support for policy makers, service providers and NGOs on how to train community volunteers and use an approach known as the Key Informant Method.

The method uses trained volunteers within the local community to simultaneously collect data on child disability, link children with disabilities to services and build evidence to advocate for inclusion of children with disabilities in their societies. The approach incurs up to ten times lower cost than surveys of the same size and has already been successfully tested in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malawi and Kenya.