1. Data & Evidence

Improving data and evidence to unlock investment into AT.

Active Projects

  • What Works – This project will pull together learning from across AT2030 to address the question ‘What Works to improve access to AT’.
  • Impact stories and community collaboration – Creating storytelling narratives for increased impact and investment into assistive technology. 
  • Mobile screening tool – Development of a mobile application that can be used in population-based surveys to estimate the prevalence of functional impairments and the need for related services and assistive products (AP).
  • AT2030 insights portal – Our portal is primarily for policymakers and regulators. It combines population health data sets with information retrieval processes to enable help policy makers and funders have oversight of trends and gaps. This will support direction setting and future investment to help scale AT provision and fill gaps in provision.
  • Improving sparse data – This project takes existing disparate data and applies advanced population health methods to develop insights into assistive product need to help policy makers plan for expected demand.
  • Systematic reviews and influencing papers – Systematic reviews of existing literature alongside short papers to help inform investment into assistive technology.

Completed Projects

  • Leading the research on reimagining value, impact, and return on investment
  • Gathering evidence to measure progress
  • Developing an Economics of AT framework methodology
  • Understand the factors driving discrimination and stigma
  • Support the World Health Organization’s first World Report on Assistive Technology


  • SP 1: Research, Evidence and Impact: Led by GDI Hub at UCL with the support of the IIPP, ALL Institute and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Framing the economics of AT around a  mission-led approach; developing a return on  investment framework and researching what  works to overcome stigma.
  • SP2: Research, Evidence and Promotion: Led by GDI Hub at UCL with the support of WHO, ISPO, and LSHTM. Focusing on the support to the development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology, evidence of local production systems for AT in LMICs, the exploration of early child mobility in LMIC and the development of a series of virtual live labs.


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    Powering Inclusion: AI and AT. The findings of an online expert roundtable

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, University College London, UNESCO's International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence, European Disability Forum, Jožef Stefan Institute
    March 29, 2021

    This briefing summarises the findings of an online expert roundtable on AI and AT held in November 2020. The event brought together experts working at the forefront of AI and AT to highlight the potential of using AI for AT and establish a list of ‘grand challenges’ to drive forward innovation in the AI & AT sector ahead of the launch of the newly formed International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI). Participants included industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and AT users. The roundtable was funded by the AT2030 programme which is funded by FCDO and led by Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). The session focused on four areas: AI & Communication, AI & Mobility, AI & Improving Information,

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    Global Disability Innovation Hub becomes the worlds first WHO Collaborating Centre on Assistive Technology

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology
    March 15, 2021

    The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), based at UCL, is the first organisation to be awarded the status of World Health Organisation (WHO) Official Collaborating Centre on Assistive Technology (AT). Led by GDI Hub’s Academic Director, Professor Cathy Holloway, the WHO Collaborating Centre will focus on driving global disability innovation to work towards a fairer world through access to assistive and accessible technology.

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    New economics of assistive technology: A call for a missions approach

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Sarah Albala, Rainer Kattel
    Jan. 25, 2021

    Part of the Data & Evidence Cluster this working paper answers one of the three main research questions: A Mission-Led Approach. This paper proposes a public sector-led, mission-oriented approach. While setting the mission and the directionality is the role of government, NGOs, industry, AT users and the charity sector are able to drive forward the agenda of AT access through their own essential and complementary roles.

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    Access to life changing spectacles for millions. A new vision for KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Oct. 2, 2020
    South Africa

    The publication gives an overview of the challenge, what works and next steps. Under Cluster 3: Country Implementation of the AT2030 programme, CHAI is partnering with country governments to identify opportunities to drive availability and affordability of AT.


Catherine Holloway

Catherine Holloway

Co-founder, Academic Director of GDI Hub and Associate Professor at UCL’s Interaction Centre.
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Dr Maria Kett

Co-Founder of GDI Hub, Associate Director and Head of Humanitarian and Associate Professor at UCL
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Dr Giulia Barbareschi

Researcher in assistive technology