What is Making it Work?

From good practices to disability inclusive development

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The Making It Work (MIW) initiative aims at generating lasting improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities, in line with the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This initiative is based on identifying effective or innovative practices that have achieved positive changes, whether from grass-roots level initiatives or regional-level activities, and analyzing how they could be sustained or replicated.

At the heart of this process, people with disabilities are validating what works and using the evidence-based good practices to strengthen their advocacy to influence social change.

The methodology uses a multi-stakeholder approach, building alliances and collaboration around disability inclusion issues. Making it Work puts an emphasis on a “learning by doing” process that empowers groups to work collectively to document and promote change.  

Rather than focusing on human rights violations and what is not working, Making it Work shifts attention to what has worked and how it could be replicated or ‘scaled up’ putting forth constructive, practical recommendations to decision-makers, service providers and other development stakeholders.

How can MIW be relevant to your organization?

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The MIW methodology is relevant to organizations working on disability inclusion issues and wanting to:    

• More effectively document examples of good practice to better understand what worked and why

• Learn from other people’s experiences and expertise and incorporate a more holistic perspective that values multiple points of view (people with disabilities, academics, practitioners, etc)

• Benefit from collaborating with other stakeholders in order to facilitate alliance-building around disability inclusion issues

• Get additional validation for what your organization believes is good practice by using a multi-stakeholder perspective in which people with disabilities play a central role

• Optimize the outcomes of your inclusive development work by using good practices to advocate for replication or scaling-up

• Get practical guidance from the Making It Work coordination team to strategize on how Making It Work could best contribute to your work and strengthen advocacy

• Contribute to a global level initiative to document evidence of what works and what’s possible to ensure people with disabilities can exercise their human rights


The Making It Work process

Step1: Building multi-stakeholder engagement and agreeing on common criteria for good practice; Step 2: Collection, analysis and documentation of good practices; Step 3: Action for change, including advocacy based on good practice evidence. Then back to step 1. Persons with disabilities are at the center of the process, co- or leading.