SP 1: Research, Evidence and Impact

Led by GDI Hub at UCL. Framing the economics of AT around a mission-led approach; developing a return on investment framework and researching what works to overcome stigma as well as focusing on the support to the development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology, evidence of local production systems for AT in LMICs, the exploration of early child mobility in LMIC and the development of a series of virtual live labs. Partners include: IIPP, All Institute, Leonard Cheshire Disability, WHO, ISPO, LSHTM, CBM International, GAATO

A group of participants standing next to a chart with sticky notes and handwriting describing uses of various Assisive Technologies

Credits: Angus Stewart


In 2020, a new strand of humanitarian research was incorporated into this sub-programme intended to:

  • Improve understanding of the need for AT in humanitarian settings
  • Compile evidence of current provision and practice across a variety of humanitarian contexts
  • Provide case study examples of ‘what works’
  • Provide recommendations for action by key stakeholders, particularly global humanitarian coordination bodies and actors
  • Disseminate findings through working papers and conference attendance


  • Situational Analysis of Manual Wheelchair Provision: Nepal

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 29, 2024
    AT2030 Resources

    The Enabling Friday Community (EFC) Nepal has proposed a vision for change based on 4 working sessions over the past few months - Enabling Fridays Vision. While we want to focus on building sustainable assistive technology innovation and systems, we as a group recognised the obvious need for specific data to inform the work. Collaboratively we have agreed that a situational analysis and action plan for sustainable manual wheelchair provision should be prioritised to develop a working methodology and service system template. An initial concept note for the work can be found at the below link on which official consultation is being sought within Nepal before proceeding.

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    Research summary Guidelines for assistive technology service provision

    This research summary provides key highlights and snapshot content from the guidelines for assistive technology service provision – A scoping review.

  • Navigating the AT Ecosystem as Users:
Findings from IDA’s Assistive
Technology Survey Cover Image

    Navigating the AT Ecosystem as Users: Findings from IDA’s Assistive Technology Survey

    International Disability Alliance, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    March 27, 2024
    AT2030 Resources

    This report is the collective work of the International Disability Alliance and GDI Hub. The survey report is under the project “Positioning OPDs as Equal Partners on AT” to provide technical support, disseminate research, and advocate for access of persons with disabilities to assistive technology in respective regions. This report, and its base survey, also benefitted greatly from the contributions of the IDA-GDI Hub AT User Fellows, namely Ahmed Abdallah, Banya Ojok, Elizabeth Campos, Nayem Molla, and Yusra Gilani. Several user testers from IDA’s community of practice supported the enhancement of this survey, with their contributions making the survey accessible to numerous respondents.

  • AT DIGEST: Issue 4, March 2024 Cover Image


    International Disability Alliance
    March 18, 2024
    AT2030 Resources

    In this fourth and final issue of AT Digest, IDA-GDI Hub Assistive Technology User Fellows reflect on the role of assistive technology in the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in public life. They penned this piece based on their personal experiences as well as data gathered from AT user interviews conducted in their respective countries namely: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Peru, Sudan, and Uganda. Five fellows interacted in pairs to design interview questions and interviewed 20 AT users representing different disability constituencies including persons with albinism, persons with intellectual disabilities and Deaf persons. IDA provided the Fellows with technical support and guidance notes.

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    Guidelines for assistive technology service provision – A scoping review

    Natasha Layton, Luc De Witte, Alice Spann, Evert Jan Hoogerwerf, Silvana Contepomi, Mehedi Khan Kobe, Diane Bell
    March 12, 2024
    Academic Research Publications

    Despite the high unmet need for effective AT provision, multiple service delivery models across different countries, and a shortage of personnel trained in this field, no widely useable and accepted Assistive Technology (AT) service provision guidelines currently exist. This review aims to provide an overview of the literature regarding AT service provision guidelines to inform the development of globally useable AT provision guidance, aligned with contemporary global initiatives to improve access to AT.


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Dr Giulia Barbareschi

Researcher in assistive technology
Catherine Holloway

Catherine Holloway

Co-founder, Academic Director of GDI Hub and Associate Professor at UCL’s Interaction Centre.
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Dr Maria Kett

Co-Founder of GDI Hub, Associate Director and Head of Humanitarian and Associate Professor at UCL