KTDRR International Partners

Disability Subgroup of the Campbell Collaboration

A Disability Subgroup was established in 2008 within Campbell's Education Coordinating Group (ECG). The subgroup was established following a formal request from John Westbrook, Director of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR, 2008). Dr. Westbrook and Dr. Ralf Schlosser (Northeastern University) served as the first Co-Chairs of the subgroup. Current Co-Chair is Dr. Oliver Wendt (Purdue University). The Disability Subgroup aims to become a full coordinating group if there is sufficient growth in interest and production of systematic reviews within the disability topic area.


The Disability Subgroup has established these objectives:

  • To undertake and maintain a series of high-quality and timely systematic reviews of interventions aimed at improving the quality of life and outcomes of individuals with disabilities. These reviews focus attention on substantive disability topics through the summary and analysis of the best available, high-quality research evidence provided through randomized and nonrandomized quasi-experimental designs.
  • To establish and maintain a network of individuals with disability expertise or experience who are interested in developing and/or contributing to disability-related systematic reviews.
  • To encourage involvement of consumers with disabilities, their family members, and other disability-oriented stakeholders in all steps of the systematic review development process, including the development and dissemination of appropriate user-friendly interpretations of review results.
  • To provide training opportunities for interested systematic review authors in the production of Campbell reviews in the disability area.

Get involved

Campbell has many helpful resources that are available to systematic review authors. The KTDRR Center can provide supports to NIDILRR grantees interested in developing systematic reviews appropriate for the Disability Subgroup. Please contact Joann Starks if you are interested in more information about the Subgroup or systematic review support.

Training opportunities

The Center on KTDRR and sister Center on KT for Employment Research (KTER) offer a number of online and in-person training opportunities on systematic reviews and research syntheses. For additional information, please contact Joann Starks.

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