Disability Evidence Portal

Making evidence count for people with disabilities
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The Disability Evidence Portal is a knowledge exchange platform that seeks to enable and empower decision makers with evidence-based knowledge to make decisions on how best to improve access, health, education, livelihood and social outcomes for people with disabilities worldwide.

Five green circles indicating the key themes of DEP




Finding the evidence for all the important questions

The brainchild of Sir Tom Shakespeare, DEP aims to plug gaps in knowledge and strengthen disability-inclusive policy making. It was our pleasure working with Tom to realise his vision and shape a repository of solutions and tools that brings together research to produce a practical evidence base for decision makers.

The portal follows DEP’s three-stage ambition to improve disability-inclusive development:

  • identifying questions which reveal knowledge shortfalls
  • informing policy making through high quality evidence synthesis
  • getting to grips with the evidence-to-action gap

DEP is implemented through the International Centre for Evidence on Disability (ICED) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.



screenshot of the DEP questions and evidence filtering



Let's be brief

The portal gets straight to business, with a direct, engaging design and a simple toggle for users to switch between evidence briefs and questions, with filters to refine by theme, and a text search.

Each evidence brief offers analysis of significant research on topics of interest. Briefs are displayed on the website, not, as is often the case, offered solely as a file for download. Working with the DEP team, we settled on the idea of a sticky menu that would also enable users to navigate around the portal.


screenshot of a brief from DEP


All the content on the site (briefs, questions and resources) is organised through key themes, and follows Tom’s pragmatic emphasis on getting traction for well-informed, disability-inclusive solutions. The DEP portal illustrates how a clear vision can be translated into an effective, user-focussed digital platform.

It’s an impressive resource, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it inspires and influences impactful change for people with disabilities, and generates inclusive policy innovation.

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