Research and insight
EFDS strive to increase participation by providing advice and guidance to a number of partners and stakeholders.
To ensure that the recommendations we provide are accurate, relevant and robust, EFDS aim to be the leading centre for commissioning specialist market knowledge and evidence-led insight for disabled people in sport.
EFDS work alongside NGBs, NDSOs, disability organisations and charities and Sport England. In addition we work with a number of academic Institutions to ensure that research is conducted which is relevant, up to date and answering key unmet needs in the market place.
The combined outputs of the research conducted will provide the sports sector with detailed knowledge about:
- The current level of participation of disabled people in sport
- The reasons why disabled people play sport
- The barriers to participation and amends and changes needed to overcome these
- The types of sport disabled people want to play
- The ways in which disabled people find out about and promote sporting opportunities
- Disabled peoples involvement in sport provision if they are not personally participating (teaching, training, coaching)
- Satisfaction with current sports provision and desired improvements
- Perceptions and attitudes of sports providers
If you would like to submit your piece of research on our website or obtain more information about our research and insight, please contact our team
Public Perceptions of Disabled People
Evidence from the British Social Attitudes Survey:
"Adult Siblings of People with Autism plus Learning Disability– their experiences, perspectives and future support needs"
Sibling relationships are lifelong and two-sided, often characterised by strong feelings and loyalties. However, their significance when a sibling has a severe disability such as autism has generally been overlooked in policy, practice and research.
"Altogether better - (from 'Special Needs' to Equality in Education"
"The purpose of this pack is to make Claire's experience commonplace. She is a living example of what is possible right now, despite all the problems and pressures which beset teachers and LEAs."
"Attitudes to disability and hate crime Topline report"
Quantitative study regarding attitudes to disabled people
"Balancing safety and autonomy: structural and social barriers affecting the exercise participation of women with disabilities in community recreation and fitness facilities"
"Women with disabilities consider exercise an important health promotion activity. A lack of accessible facilities within the community has been identified as a major limiting factor to exercise participation among women with disabilities.
"Club leaders: Findings from research to support the development of the Club Leaders programme"
Understanding the key criteria needed to develop good club leaders
"Coaches of athletes with a physical disability: a look at their learning experiences"
"Literature has shown that research on coaches of athletes with a physical disability is lacking. The purpose of this study is to examine the learning experiences of coaches in disability sport."
"Disability:Black & Minority Ethnic Groups A Quick Guide to Providing Information"
Guidance on how to communicate and reach disabled BME people in Surrey
"Inclusive Practice Project: Final Report September 2012"
Understanding the exent to which the inclusion programme implemented in the Scottish School programme has been successful
"Interrogating disability: the (de)composition of a recovering Paralympian"
"In this autoethnography, I weave personal narrative with Foucauldian and critical disability theory in order to interrogate the role of parasport in the formation, disciplining and internalising of my own (in)coherent disabled, Paralympian identity."