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 SEDL's National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR). Dr. Westbrook is the Coordinator of the subgroup.


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.

The Disability Subgroup may become a new coordinating group if there is sufficient growth in interest and production of systematic reviews within the disability topic area over the next several years.

The KTDRR Center is looking at the possibility of providing some incentives to NIDILRR grantees interested in developing systematic reviews appropriate for the Disability Subgroup. Please contact Joann Starks if you are interested in more information.

Get involved

Individuals interested in conducting a systematic review in the disability area are urged to contact John Westbrook. Campbell has many helpful resources that are available to systematic review authors.

Training opportunities

SEDL's Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research developed a self-paced online training course on Knowledge Production Methods building on previous online courses. For additional information, please contact Joann Starks.

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