How we make a difference


SLDO objectives for impact

As a health observatory, our focus is on generating robust, multi-disciplinary and actionable research that contributes to a better understanding of the multiple determinants of health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities. 

In the context of our research programme, we will achieve impact by demonstrating our contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and contributing to the advancement of the scientific study of learning disabilities. 

Through our programme of work, the Observatory aims to: 

  • Increase awareness among stakeholders of the determinants of health for people with learning disabilities

  • Influence policy and practice

  • Inform development of service models and interventions

  • Collaborate with external stakeholders to support translation of evidence into policy and practice. This will involve people with learning disabilities, their families and carers wherever possible to ensure their voices are included and represented in our research outputs 

 

Case study: The impact of Covid-19 on people with learning disabilities


Read our case study about how SLDO research about the impact of Covid-19 on people with learning disabilities influenced policy decision-making in Scotland. 

Case study: The impact of violence on people with learning disabilities


Read our case study about SLDO research on the impact of violence on people with learning disabilities and how this evidence influenced legislation in Scotland.