Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Empowering people with intellectual disabilities (ID) to have equitable health outcomes

Session Number: 2683
Track: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: actionable data, Dissemination, Health Disparities, health outcomes, inclusion, Translation of evaluation Ideas
Session Facilitator: Amy Shellard [Special Olympics International]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Molly Sadowsky [Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation - Special Olympics ]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lindsay DuBois, Special Olympics [Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation - Special Olympics]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lieke Van Heumen
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Susun Xiong
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (05:00 PM - 05:45 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette III

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Special Olympics (SO) has been collecting data for over 20 years to monitor progress and measure the impact of its health activities. Results from these data are typically not presented in a format or medium that would allow effective dissemination to people with intellectual disabilities (ID). To facilitate enhanced knowledge translation and data dissemination, SO collaborated with experts on inclusive research to increase the accessibility of evaluation and data resources for a variety of audiences. This work focused on modifying existing resources and developing new, more accessible ones.  All aspects of this project utilized an advisory group of self-advocates and other stakeholders to provide feedback on these resources and assist in the dissemination of materials. This roundtable will include an overview of the lessons learned, provide examples of improvements in accessibility and inclusivity, and answer questions about how organizations can effectively translate and disseminate resources to people with ID.

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