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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.

Research to Action Guides

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.


This Guide was authored by Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry from the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney. Thanks to the following people for their contribution to this Research to Action Guide: Jaimsie Speeding (Southern Cross University), Suzanna Poredos (Northcott), Frances Buchanan (NDS), Felicity Crowther (NDS), James Bannister (CADR), Jacquelyn Johnson (CADR), Peter Conway (FaCS), Liz Gill-Atkinson (University of Melbourne), Paul Williamson, Tanya Riches (University of Sydney) and Kelly Johnson (UNSW). This resource was developed with support of Australian governments through the Research and Data Working Group. NDS Gratefully acknowledges the support of the NSW Government in establishing the NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research.

Suggested Citation

Smith-Merry, J. (2017) Research to Action Guide on Inclusive Research. Centre for Applied Disability Research. Available at

About this Research to Action Guide

This Research to Action Guide is a suite of resources produced by CADR on inclusive research. The suite includes a rapid review of the research evidence and current practice. It also comprises practice guides for research practitioners and people with disability undertaking research. This Research to Action Guide is intended to promote and support best practice in inclusive research, ensuring that end-users of services and policies are key in decision making.


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