Identifying conceptualizations and theories of change embedded in interventions to facilitate community participation

  • Christine Bigby, Sian Anderson, Nadine Cameron
Little progress has been made towards community participation of people with intellectual disability despite it being a policy aim since the 1980s. We aimed to identify the features of programmes designed to support community participation.
A scoping review was conducted of peer-reviewed literature between 2000 and 2015, about interventions to support community participation for adults with intellectual disability.
A small body of evidence relates to the design and effectiveness of interventions to enhance community participation. Seventeen studies reported programmes reflecting three conceptualizations of community participation (as social relationships, as convivial encounter and as belonging) that used strategies such as active mentoring, facilitative support worker practice and arts-based programmes.
Studies showed the diverse and person-centred nature of community participation and demonstrated the need for larger-scale studies of promising interventions that include details of costs, and strategies to guide implementation of policies to support community participation.

DOI: 10.1111/jar.12390

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Volume 31, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages 165–180