Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
The purpose of the Research core function is to ensure that CCIDS has the means to contribute to and advance the knowledge base in disability-related interdisciplinary education, community services, and dissemination. Research activities are meant to inform policy and to identify and examine the needs, quality, values, practices, processes, and outcomes of initiatives for people with disabilities and their families. Research activities are guided by the following: CCIDS projects have rationales based in evidence; inquiry is inclusive of people with disabilities, family members, practitioners, and students; a full range of methods of inquiry are utilized and respected; research is meaningful to the lives of people with disabilities; and, CCIDS activities are evaluated for process, output, outcome, and impact. Consistent with the DD Act, CCIDS engages in three major types of research activities: applied and participatory action research, evaluation, and policy analysis.