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Participatory Action Research on Disabled Adolescents in Nepal (PARDAN)

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In response to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for adolescents with disabilities, Diverse Patterns is conducting participatory action research in rural Nepal. This research aims to understand the pandemic's effects on these adolescents and their families, while also involving them in the creation of research tools to enhance their engagement in data collection efforts.

Project Summary

Intersecting vulnerabilities of disability, low socio-economic status, marginalisation and age indicate that adolescents with disabilities are likely to be uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet, there has been limited research from low-and middle-income countries about the effect of the pandemic on adolescents with disabilities.

In order to capture their experience, it is important that they participate in the design of tools and methods to collect data. 

We will conduct participatory action research in two rural areas of Nepal to:

  1. Understand how the pandemic has affected adolescents with disabilities and their families.
  2. Develop peer-research methods and tools with adolescents with disabilities to increase their participation in research

Participants will pilot these tools and inform the development of training materials to increase the participation of adolescents with disabilities in research about current and future public health emergencies.

Project Metadata


To explore how adolescents with disabilities have experienced the pandemic in rural hilly areas of Nepal using participatory, inclusive research methods. And to inform an inclusive pandemic response and provide an exemplar of how to conduct research with adolescents with disabilities in low-income settings.

Start Date: Feb, 2021 | End Date: Jan, 2022

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