Accessible data analysis in inclusive disability research methods: a systematic technique for increasing rigour

Stream: Disability, policy and governance
Date: Monday, 9 September 2019
Time: 3.40 pm – 5.00 pm

Abstract

People with cognitive disability are increasingly involved in conducting research about their lives and into significant social policy questions. However, finding accessible ways to conduct rigorous data analysis remains challenging for inclusive research teams. Our research was about understanding working relationships between young people with cognitive disability and paid support workers. To be accessible to young people with cognitive disability who were involved in analysing data from the project fieldwork, our team adapted Neale’s (2016) iterative categorisation process.

This systematic technique for analysing qualitative data scaffolded their participation into the analysis of the fieldwork data in a transparent and measurable way. It allowed us to thematically analyse, confirm and moderate coding. It also provided a structure for the research to hold the advice from the lived experience of the young people but not conflate it with the project data.

Using this qualitative data analysis method is a transparent and achievable way for inclusive research teams to demonstrate an accessible analytical approach. It brought lived experience expertise into the analytical process, informing findings and implications arising from the research. This may be helpful in adding depth and rigour to the developing field.

Authors

Sally Robinson (Presenter), Flinders University
Sally Robinson is Professor of Disability and Community Inclusion at Flinders University. She conducts research and evaluation in social policy, focusing particularly on safety and harm, accommodation and social exclusion concerns of people with disability.

Karen Fisher (Presenter), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
Karen Fisher is a Professor leading disability research at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. She researches social services in Australia and China, including disability and mental health community services; inclusive research and evaluation methodology; and social policy process.

Jaimsie Speeding, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University
Jaimsie Speeding is a Community Researcher working on the ARC Linkage Project 'Relationships and Recognition' at the Centre for Children and Young People.

Anne Graham, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University
Anne Graham is the Director of the Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University. She has extensive experience in the development of research in children's rights, participation, wellbeing and ethics.

Kate Neale, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University
Kate Neale is a Research Officer working on the ARC Linkage Project 'Relationships and Recognition' at the Centre for Children and Young People.

Kelley Johnson, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
Kelley Johnson is Emeritus Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW.

Ed Hall, Dundee University
Ed Hall is a social geography specialising in the inclusion and belonging of people with disability.