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Title: Effective Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Evaluation: Challenges, Lessons and Issues
Authors: Vathsala I Stone
Published: 2004
Publication: Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association. Atlanta, GA

This paper presents and discusses challenges to the methodology and implementation of including persons with disabilities in evaluative studies in a way that ensures equitable opportunities for their full participation. The paper analyzes the inclusive evaluation efforts of two projects currently underway in Buffalo, NY both funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to illustrate the implications of the physical, psychological and philosophical uniqueness of functionally limited individual groups to evaluation approach, design and methods. The first project heavily involves input from consumers with disabilities to transfer new technologies and products to market, while the other conducts evaluative research related to Independent Living (IL) management involving the national IL Centers and their consumers. Besides presenting challenges and the corresponding best practices developed by both projects, the paper raises issues of equity versus sound evaluation practice in light of the Guiding Principles and Standards 

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