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The DPO Coalition call for a new provider to deliver disabled persons led monitoring

With the DRPI review, the DPO Coalition is seeking to engage a new research provider to produce annual reports on how the Disability Convention is being progressively realised in New Zealand.

Disabled people led monitoring is an important and unique mechanism for understanding, from a disabled person’s perspective, how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) is being realised in New Zealand.

The Disabled Persons Organisations (DPO) Coalition use a research methodology known as the Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) to produce research reports on the issues impacting on disabled persons in New Zealand. The DPO Coalition contract a provider to undertake research using the DPRI research methodology.

During 2016, the DPO Coalition initiated a review of the DRPI monitoring approach and research methodology. The review, which was carried out by Malatest International, identified changes that would need to be made in order to ensure that the views of disabled people on how the Disability Convention was being realised in New Zealand were captured fully and accurately.

As a result, the DPO Coalition, in partnership with the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), re-contracted Malatest during January–May 2018 to identify ways to improve the DRPI monitoring approach and research methods to produce high quality reports on disabled people’s issues. This work was completed February–May 2018, resulting in a strengthened DRPI monitoring approach and research methods adapted for use within New Zealand.

Next Steps: Contracting a new DRPI provider

With the completion of the final component of the DRPI review, the DPO Coalition is seeking to engage a new research provider, under a three-year contract, to produce annual reports on how the Disability Convention is being progressively realised in New Zealand. The provider will be required to work within the revised DRPI monitoring approach, using the revised DRPI research methods. The contract will go out for open tender on GETS www.gets.govt.nz/MSD/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=19869230 on 2 July 2018.

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