Advancing social inclusion of people with disabilities through awareness and training activities : a collaborative process between community partners and researchers
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Objective The main objectives were to 1) search and map current disability awareness and training activities in Quebec, Canada, 2) collectively reflect on these practices, and 3) develop a five-year strategic plan. Methods We used an integrated knowledge translation approach whereby researchers and community partners were involved in all stages. This project consisted of two sequential phases: 1) an environmental scan (web review and interview) of current practices, and 2) a reflection process with an external expert-facilitator in social transformation. Outcome results and process data are reported. Results We identified 129 activities (71 training, 58 awareness) from 39 organizations (from 123 organizations initially invited). A wide range of characteristics were collected for each activity which allowed for the identification of gaps. The working group met seven times in one year to discuss results from phase 1 and co-create a five-year strategic plan. Main priorities are 1) the development of a methodology for measuring collective impact and 2) content synchronization of activities. Conclusion Involvement of partners and researchers enabled a concerted and efficient approach to the development of a five-year strategic plan. Practice implications A transition committee led by partners will ensure implementation and sustainability of the plan across the province.
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