The Disability Subgroup is located within the Campbell Collaboration's Education Coordinating Group. The subgroup was established following a formal request from John Westbrook.
The Disability Subgroup has four key objectives:
- To undertake and maintain a series of high-quality and timely systematic reviews of interventions aimed at improving the quality of life and outcomes of individuals with disabilities. These reviews focus attention on substantive disability topics through the summary and analysis of the best available, high-quality research evidence provided through randomized and non-randomized quasi-experimental designs.
- To establish and maintain a network of individuals with disability expertise or experience who are interested in developing and/or contributing to disability-related systematic reviews.
- To encourage involvement of consumers with disabilities, their family members, and other disability-oriented stakeholders in all steps of the systematic review development process, including the development and dissemination of appropriate user-friendly interpretations of review results.
- To provide training opportunities for interested systematic review authors in the production of Campbell reviews in the disability area.
In addition, the Disability Subgroup promote collaborations with other reviewers by connecting individuals interested in conducting a systematic review with an experienced reviewer with disability expertise as a resource for consultation or co-author of a review.
The Disability Subgroup may become a Coordinating Group within the Campbell Collaboration if there is sufficient growth in interest and production of systematic reviews within the disability topic area over the next several years.