Access to Advocacy Project
NDTi has been commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues to research best practice in access to advocacy services for disabled people.
A key aim of the project is to identify innovative practice in the provision of accessible advocacy, delivered through creative and jointly developed ways, across all ages and impairment groups. The research will go beyond health and social care to examine how advocacy can support disabled people to access improved opportunities for independence and social inclusion.
The research, which began in October 2013, involves both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In December we conducted a survey of providers of advocacy services to find out more about the types of advocacy provided, gaps in provision and examples of good practice. We are currently in the process of undertaking in-depth field work in four places where innovative or joined-up implementation of advocacy services have been identified. A final report will be submitted to ODI and the Minister for Disabled People in March 2014.
The project is funded through the Government's Contestable Policy Fund, which has been set up to enable Ministers to commission policy advice from beyond Whitehall, allowing for open and transparent policy-making.
NDTi welcomes this opportunity to identify and promote innovative advocacy provision and looks forward to working with disabled people, advocacy providers and those with knowledge, understanding and practical examples about what makes advocacy support work well for different people in different circumstances.