MDI is committed to research being done in partnership with people with disability, and working collaboratively with communities and people with lived experience. The combination of diverse knowledge and expertise in a research team – academic and lived experience – that produces robust co-designed and co-produced research with balanced perspectives. Our co-research program of work includes three aims:
- Improving recognition of forms of expertise which have not been traditionally recognised by higher education institutions.
- Building capacity of people with disability and community organisations to engage with the University and be involved in research as co-researchers. MDI is in the process of developing an online training course which aims to equip people with disability with limited or no experience of research to work in partnership with academic researchers. Training will cover topics such as introduction to research, context, ethics, research methods, knowledge translation and practicing skills. This will develop a cohort of co-researchers with disability who are interested and ready to engage in research. The training program may also create a pathway for people with disability into a research career.
- Supporting researchers in all aspects of co-research through a mentoring program, sharing experiences and case studies, and helping to connect them to interested co-researchers.
More information coming soon. In the meantime, please contact Campbell Message with any questions or feedback.