Commissioning our research and evaluation services

Imagine Better also does important work on commissioned projects. We collaborate with Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), disability organisations, and health and disability providers to develop and conduct research and evaluation projects that facilitate organisational learning and growth.

Our research approach

We take a multidisciplinary approach and draw on critical social theories to guide our work. A range of qualitative mixed-methods is used to create a research strategy that is rigorous, wide-ranging and appropriate to the aims of each research project. We are committed to the use of research practice that is inclusive, ethical and innovative. All of our work is conducted in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the 2016-2026 New Zealand Disability Strategy.

We make sure our research is:

• Relevant and meaningful to disabled people, families and whanau;

• Accessible and shared in a variety of formats and through different platforms;

• Reflective of peoples’ lived experience of disability, and the ways disability intersects with cultural diversity, gender and age;

• Collaborative and recognises disabled people, family and whānau’s expert knowledge about their own lives.

We seek funding for research projects through contestable research rounds. We work with disabled people, families and whanau, disabled researchers, Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), and academic peers, here and from overseas, to ensure that our research focus reflects relevant and critical issues.