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A Guide to Good Group Homes

The Centre for Applied Disability Research

The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) is an initiative of NDS. CADR aims to improve the wellbeing of people living with disability by gathering insights, building understanding and sharing knowledge. CADR’s applied research agenda is helping to build the evidence base and support stakeholders to better understand what works, for whom, under what circumstances and at what cost.

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Our objective is to build a comprehensive online collection of disability research and translational resources for the Australian context. Our Research to Action Guides are based on the best available local and international evidence and put together by subject matter experts to support research end users to engage with the evidence. We gather and analyse evidence about what works, and package that information into efficient and practical resources.

Acknowledgments

This Guide was authored by Professor Christine Bigby and Dr Emma Bould from the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Thanks to Ben Pawson for his contribution to this Research to Action Guide and all those involved in building the evidence base this guide is based upon. Suggested citation Bigby, C. & Bould, E. (2017) Guide to Good Group Homes, Evidence about what makes the most difference to the quality of group homes. Centre for Applied Disability Research. Available at www.cadr.org.au The guide is also available from the La Trobe University Research Repository. 

About this Research to Action Guide

This Research to Action Guide to Good Group Homes forms part of a suite of resources on this topic. The suite includes other resources, such as research papers, reports and information about ongoing projects also available at the CADR Clearing House, www.cadr.org.au.This Guide summarises an extensive review of the research literature the Living with Disability (LiDs) Research Centre published in 2016. LiDs looked at the propositions (suggestions) about what makes a difference to the quality of group homes and thus the quality of life of the people with intellectual disability who live there. LiDs reviewed the strength of research evidence for these and reached conclusions about the factors that are most important to quality. The guide uses practice examples from papers published as a part of the research program on group homes led by Professor Christine Bigby since 2004.

The Guide will be most useful for two different audiences. Families or carers trying to assess a group home for someone with intellectual disability they support, which can be a daunting and confusing task. The second audience for this guide is professionals wanting to know what needs to be in place to provide a good Quality of Life for people with intellectual disability in a group home.

Suggested citation

Bigby, C. & Bould, E. (2017) Guide to Good Group Homes, Evidence about what makes the most difference to the quality of group homes. Centre for Applied Disability Research. Available at www.cadr.org.au

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NDS gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSW Government in establishing the NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research.

This Guide has been developed via a National Disability Research and Development Grant via the Research and Data Working Group (RDWG), representing all Australian Governments.

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