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.