Research and Data Working Group
The Research and Data Working Group (RDWG) is an advisory and decision making body focused on building and improving the evidence base for disability policy. The RDWG has a decision-making role in terms of research and data activities, including data standards and data development activities. It reports to the Senior Officials Working Group on strategic issues and refers issues as appropriate.
Members of RDWG are comprised from Australian, state, and territory government agencies.
The objectives of RDWG are to:
- provide strategic and integrated advice, decision making, analysis and data development decisions to Senior Officials Working Group on data and research activities related to the National Disability Agreement (NDA), National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and jurisdictional carers’ strategies;
- support research and data that progresses the priorities under the NDA, NDS and NDIS and the National Disability Research and Development Agenda, including carer’s strategies; and
- encourage collaboration between governments through the sharing of research results.
National Disability Data Network
The National Disability Data Network (NDDN) is a working group of the Research and Data Working Group (RDWG). It provides a working level forum to discuss collection and technical issues relating to the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS).
The NDDN includes representatives from the state, territory and Australian governments, as well as the AIHW. Members are data specialists who are able to contribute to technical working level discussions on information and data issues related to the DS NMDS.
The AIHW provides Secretariat services for the NDDN.
2015 Research Projects
In 2015, the RDWG funded 11 disability research projects that were informed by the National Disability Research and Development Agenda.
These projects are expected to be completed by mid-2018.
- Anticipating and addressing the impending shortage of skilled disability support workers
- Preventing abuse and promoting personal safety in children and young people with disability
- Unfitness to plead and indefinite detention of persons with cognitive impairments: Addressing the legal barriers and creating appropriate alternative supports in the community
- Market design and evolution for better outcomes
- Housing, technology and support innovation within a National Disability Strategy: Post-occupancy evaluation research to impact Australian policy and best practice
- Identifying facilitators to living on and off Country in Central Australia
- Digital enterprise: Enhancing social and communication skills, and improving education and employment outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people with disabilities in rural, remote and metropolitan areas of Australia
- Enabling mainstream systems to be more inclusive and responsive to people with disabilities
- Models for facilitating community participation of adults with cognitive impairment
- Community-driven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disability research program ‘Living Our Ways’
- Enhancement of the Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) Clearinghouse
2012 Research Projects
In 2012 the former National Disability Policy and Research Working Group (DPRWG) funded 10 disability research projects that were informed by the National Disability Research and Development Agenda.
- Audit of disability research in Australia
- A new mentorship model: Toward arts employment and social inclusion for people with disability
- Development of Questionnaire for Longitudinal Study on the Social and Economic Participation of People with Disability
- Implementing person-centred approaches to private housing for people with disability: Impediments and difficulties
- Space, place and relationships: Understanding connectedness and belonging for young people with cognitive disability in regional communities
- Individual funding: Building community capacity through action research
- Improving staff capacity to form and facilitate relationships for people with severe intellectual disability: Translating a theoretical model into evidence based intervention
- “It’s different in the country” – Supporting ageing-in-place for people with developmental disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives
- Optimising outcomes in supported living for people with intellectual disability
- Facilitating social participation of children and young people with disabilities in rural and regional Australia using mobile and computer based technologies
- Research and Data Working Group Terms of Reference
- National Disability Data Network Terms of Reference