Track record Research and Development

2016 Programme evaluation of Arba Minch Rehabilitation Centre
Enablement evaluated a 3-year programme of the Arba Minch Rehabilitation Centre funded by Light for the World in Ethiopia.

2016 LRI Nepal research
In collaboration with NLR Nepal, MetaMeta and the Agriculture and Forestry University Nepal Enablement studies the physical and social barriers that lead to exclusion of people with physical disabilities to access water for agriculture, (water buffering) strategies that may lead to better access to and management of water for agriculture and ultimately if better crop production will lead to inclusion of people with physical disabilities. For more information: read the introduction on the LRI website.

2016 LRI Nigeria research
In collaboration with the Faculty of Theology of the University of Jos and The Leprosy Mission Nigeria Enablement studies the role that church leaders in Nigeria can play in reducing leprosy related stigma. For more information: read the introduction on the LRI website.

2015 CBR: Exploring the gap between roles and competence of CBR field staff in Nepal 
Enablement supervised MSc student Jelske Rozing in her study to compare the roles and the competence levels of CBR field staff in Nepal. This study forms the basis for a series of recommendations to raise the quality of CBR in Nepal. An article on general development of a CBR cadre will be written for the journal Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development.

2015 Final programme evaluation for ICCO Kyrgyzstan
In November 2015 the project "Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan”, financed by the ICCO cooperation was evaluated. The objective of this final programme evaluation was to assess the effectiveness and outcome of the project with a specific focus on functioning national network of the parents-led associations “Janyryk” and Day Care Centres for children with disabilities.

2015 Evaluation of 10 CBR programmes for CBM Nigeria 
Since 1994, CBM has supported a total of 10 partner organisations in 8 different States in Nigeria to develop Community Based Rehabilitation. The objective of this evaluation was to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the projects in relation to implementation, management and effect - in order to provide strategic direction for multi-year planning. 

2015 Assessment of the quality of life of the elderly on Nevis (Caribbean)
With supervision of Enablement and Eureka Health Services, two students of the University of Applied Sciences Leiden assessed the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of the elderly on Nevis. Also the impact of having a disability and/or having a chronic disease on the HRQoL was assessed. A total of 152 elderly were interviewed and findings suggest that elderly people on Nevis have a relative good HRQOL despite lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

2014 – 2015 Roads to Inclusion
This study explored the local perspectives on disability inclusion in Ethiopia, North India and Burkina Faso. With the outcomes of this research, Enablement and Light for the World Austria developed a monitoring and evaluation tool for CBR managers to measure their progress towards inclusive communities.

2014 – 2015 Development of an Impact Evaluation Tool
In collaboration with the University College of London, Enablement conducts a study that involves researchers, practitioners and people with disabilities. This objective of this study is to develop an Impact Evaluation Model and Tool for CBR. In 2014, two evaluations were carried out in Malawi and Uganda to test the Impact Evaluation Model. 

2014 – 2015 Parents Support Group formation in Ghana
Parents play a major role in the development of their child with a disability. However, there is hardly any evidence on how to best deploy parents’ participation in programmes directed to children with a disability. Enablement and the SWEB foundation used the PhotoVoice methodology to get more insight into the lives of parents of children with a disability.

2011 Evaluation of MFS-1 Capacity Building Programme of Liliane Foundation
From 2007-2010 the Liliane Foundation implemented a capacity building programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs - MFS1. Enablement carried out a final evaluation of this programme in the following 8 countries: India, Indonesia, Benin, Congo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Argentina and Colombia. 

2010 PhotoVoice study Nepal
In 2010, the Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) and Enablement facilitated a (general) disability needs assessment in Western Nepal, with the aim to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation programme in a participatory way. The PhotoVoice methodology was used, which is a methodology that encourages people with disabilities to assess their own needs through photography of everyday barriers.

2008 – 2011 Gap analyses, impact and alignment with policy
In collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch (SANPAD research project) Enablement analysed the gap between rehabilitation services, its impact on clients and alignment with policy.

2005 – 2008 Analysis of Disability Inclusion in Policy
Together with the University of Pretoria, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Enablement analysed the policies of major development agencies in South Africa and explored opportunities, constraints and potential strategies for the incorporation of disability as a priority issue.

1999 – 2000 Development of Evaluation Methodology for CBR
Together with Dr. Johan Velema and Dr. Peter Nicholls, Enablement developed evaluation methodology for CBR programmes. This project was commissioned by The Leprosy Mission International (TLMI).


Previous by year:

  • 11/2011 - Ethiopia; Facilitation of multi-country Evaluation workshop of CBR programmes of Light for the World, Austria
  • 04-10/2011 - 8 different countries in 3 continents; Management of 8-country evaluation of 4-year capacity building programme of Liliane Foundation, funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 05/2011 - Bangladesh; Evaluation of CBRP project in North-west Bangladesh funded by DANIDA, for: Danish Bangladesh Leprosy Mission CBR Programme / DANIDA
  • 01/2011-12/2012 The Netherlands; Thematic Learning Programme focusing on inclusion of disability in mainstream development organisations, for: Dark and Light, resulting in publication “Count me in”
  • 01/2011 - South Africa; SANPAD research writing workshop Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch / SANPAD
  • 10/2008 - South Africa; SANPAD funded research project in evaluation of rehabilitation programmes, This programme was evaluating the effectiveness and quality of services of 4 different community based rehabilitation programmes in different socio-economic settings in the Western Cape province, for: University of Stellenbosch
  • 08/2007 - Nigeria; Feasibility study and development of 5-year strategic plan on disability and development, for: Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Nigeria. The outcome of this study is the development of 2 pilot rehabilitation programmes in Bauchi State with a local NGO and in Kaduna State with the government. Focus of both programmes is on inclusion of people with disability as a result of leprosy in mainstream rehabilitation services and programmes as well as mainstream development programmes.
  • 02-03/2007 - India; Impact Evaluation CBR programme South India, for: The Leprosy Mission International. The focus of this evaluation was on the effect of a 5-year extensive CBR programme in 4 states in India with 20.000 direct beneficiaries (persons with disabilities).  This study looked at how quality of life of persons with disabilities had improved. The conclusion: quality of life improved in 6 domains except for the health domain; which was a neglected area as it was thought the the government of these 4 states would provide the necessary health services.
  • 12/2006 - Switzerland; CBR Guidelines meeting, for: WHO Geneva
  • 11/2006-05/2005 - Albania; Evaluation GLAM and CBR training GLAM, Albania, for: Wild Geese Foundation
  • 06/2006 - Iraq; Feasibility Study Rehabilitation in Kurdistan, for: MOH, Kurdistan, North Iraq
  • 04/2006 - Bangladesh; Evaluation CBR programme Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, Savar, Bangladesh. Training of field workers was not in line with the reality of daily life of persons with disabilities and subsequently a series of radical changes in terms of training of field staff were suggested.
  • 10-11/2005 - The Netherlands; Disability Policy and Development workshop Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Health sector portfolio analysis & Five day training in disability and development for VSO office staff,  for: Netherlands Leprosy Relief , PRISMA Foundation and VSO
  • 09/2005 - South Africa;  Workshop research on disability and development, SANPAD financed, for: University of Pretoria.
  • 06/2005 - Vietnam; Development of a national M&E system for the national CBR programme of the Ministry of Health, for: Ministry of Health/Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam
  • 01/2005 - Pakistan; Evaluation and training in CBR, for: Bait-ul Tabassum, Baldia town, Karachi, Pakistan and Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland.
  • 11/2004 - Indonesia; Evaluation SABATU CBR programme, Kalimantan, Indonesia for: CORDAID. Services of persons with disabilities were too much institutionalized and the CR programme staff/field workers didn’t have sufficient competencies to work independently in the project area.
  • 04/2004 - Albania; Strategic Planning workshop for: God Loves Us Ministries /Wild Geese Foundation
  • 06/2003 - Ethiopia;  Appraisal and proposal writing, for: Gondar Medical University, department of physical therapy, Ethiopia, commissioned by VSO
  • 10/2003 - Ghana; Feasibility Study Disability and Development, for: University of Applied Sciences Leiden, The Netherlands.The study resulted in a 4-year funded capacity building in disability and rehabilitation. A collaboration was established between the University of Applied Sciences Leiden, KNUST in Ghana and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The project had a budget of 2 million Euro.