Welcome to the October newsletter, Lines of Inquiry, of the Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR).

Lines of Inquiry

Welcome to the latest edition of Lines of Inquiry, the regular newsletter of NDS’s Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR). We are delighted to announce the launch of CADR’s online clearinghouse of disability resources.

It is still in its early stages of development and we would welcome your input and comments on how we can make it more useful and relevant. See below for details.

You’ll also find in this edition our regular reviews of the latest grey and academic literature from Australia and overseas. This edition concentrates on the UK experience, which makes for interesting reading in the context of the implementation of the NDIS in Australia.

Finally, if you are not already aware, NDS has recently created a new category of membership – Research Affiliate. We hope this form of membership will appeal to researchers and practitioners who share our interest in and passion for promoting and supporting research in the disability sector.

Read the full October edition of Lines of Inquiry

Have your say on our new online clearing house

As part of our commitment to disseminating relevant applied disability research, CADR is developing an online clearing house of disability research and evaluation resources. The clearing house is now live as it undergoes further development and testing. 


Disability funding fares even worse under NHMRC than ARC

In the last edition of Lines of Inquiry, we reported that over the past five years of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkages grants, less than 1% of research funding was allocated to disability-related topics. The picture is even worse for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. 


Terms of reference for CRC review announced

The terms of reference were recently announced for the latest review of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program, to be headed by business leader David Miles. The decision to undertake the review was announced in the May Budget and is in line with regular CRC program evaluations. The federal Budget also cut the CRC program by $80 million over the next four years.


Grey literature

  • Sexual assault and adults with a disability: Enabling recognition, disclosure and a just response
  • Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime – Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Strengthening Supports for Children 0 – 8 years and their Families: A Literature Review
  • Will disability reform lead to greater political participation for people with disabilities?
  • UK experience of personal budgets
  • Is this Scottish experience relevant to the NDIS rollout?
  • Review of programs to improve the transition of youth with disabilities to appropriate and gainful employment

NFP, social enterprise and organisational innovation

A White Paper on the role of co-ops and mutuals in social service delivery is launched by Minister Andrews.

Research from the journals

Lines of Inquiry regularly features a selection of abstracts from research papers published in various academic journals in Australia and overseas.

Read the full October edition of Lines of Inquiry  

Data: A longitudinal approach

  • The former Disability Policy & Research Working Group funded the recent disability audit and a round of competitive disability research projects. One recently completed project focused on developing a questionnaire for a longitudinal study exploring the social and economic participation of people with and without disability.
  • Value of longitudinal approach demonstrated in recent Irish research
  • AIHW – National Community Services Data Dictionary


  • Forthcoming Development Disabilities Conference
  • Deakin University disability research projects
  • Housing and disability research
  • 2015 – International Year of Evaluation
  • UK online resources on person-centred outcomes
  • Social bond delivers a return

Would you like to be an NDS Research Affiliate?

NDS has a new member category – research affiliate. This category is for individuals with a research or evaluation focus, or full-time/part-time students.

Let us know about your research and evaluation projects

CADR will help disseminate your work.

Research opportunities

CADR connects researchers with the disability services industry to foster a community of inclusive research.

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