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Finding the Hard to Reach: A Mixed Methods Approach to Including Adolescents with Disabilities in Survey Research

16.06.21 | Global

Bodily integrity and freedom from violence | Disability | Economic empowerment | Education and learning | Psychosocial well-being | SDGs | Sexual reproductive health and nutrition | Voice and agency

Authors

Jennifer Seager, Sarah Baird, Joan Hamory Hicks, Sabina Faiz Rashid, Maheen Sultan, Workneh Yadete and Nicola Jones

Census-style approaches to sampling often miss the most vulnerable. The Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme used a multi-faceted approach to identify and include adolescents with disabilities, who are often hidden due to stigma and lack of accommodation in public spaces, in its baseline surveys in Bangladesh and Ethiopia during 2017–2018. After presenting the strategies implemented and challenges faced in identifying and working with adolescents with disabilities, this paper presents findings on their experiences across the six GAGE capability areas. These findings contribute to the limited evidence base on how disability shapes the daily lives of adolescents.

Suggested citation

Seager, S., Baird, S., Hamory Hicks, J., Faiz Rashid, S., Sultan, M., Yadete, W. and Jones, N. (2021) ‘Finding the Hard to Reach: A Mixed Methods Approach to Including Adolescents with Disabilities in Survey Research’ in Chatterjee, S., Minujin, A. and Hodgkinson, K. (eds.) Leaving No Child and No Adolescent Behind. A Global Perspective on Addressing Inclusion through the SDGs. CROP International Poverty Studies Series Columbia University. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag


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