We make ensure there is evidence supporting the policies we write and develop. We typically develop our evidence in one or more of three main ways:
We make reference to our own or others' published research. We aim to provide enough detail so that the reader can locate the referenced material.
Direct conversations with people
Much of our work brings us into conversations with people living with disability, their families and friends, and other stakeholders. This includes through conferences, workshops and individual interviews. Wherever relevant and appropriate, we make reference to parts of these conversations in support of the policy we are developing. We cannot always provide full detail of the speaker because some people wish to retain their privacy.
We collate and examine information and attempt to identify general principles that inform the policy we write, based on what we have read, observed for oursevles or hear from people. In such instances, the material is unique and so we cannot point to direct reference sources as evidence. Wherever possible we reference the pieces of information therein, and trust our logic can be followed and is coherent.