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Sample applications of the BIAS FREE Framework

The Framework was used for:

  • The transformation of a hospital in Costa Rica
  • Conducting a situational analysis of disabled children in Kyrgyzstan
  • Drafting a National Disability Policy & Action Plan for Pakistan
  • Development of gender bias-free Clinical Practice Guidelines, Ministry of Health, Basque Country, Spain
  • Analysis of Venezuela’s national health research priority-setting process
  • Analysis of HIV/AIDs programmes in Uganda
  • University courses in Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, Germany, Ireland, Senegal in diverse programs such as Disability Studies, Law, Engineering, Sociology, Equity Studies, Women’s Studies, Medicine, Graduate Studies Research Methods.

The Framework was used to:
  • Analyze & revamp project research instruments and reports of research results
  • Redesign data collection processes – using community members rather than medical & research staff, interactive focus groups/one-on-one interviews rather than mail-out/telephone surveys only
  • Analyze & revamp national statistical surveys/census questions
  • Analyze results and draft National Report
  • Analyze & redraft national policy and legislation
  • Turn thinking around from seeing disabled people as the problem to recognizing that attitudinal, physical, administrative, legislative/policy barriers in the community as the problems, and then designing solutions
  • Design the process for setting up a National Inclusion Strategy – ensuring that the process was as inclusive as possible with representatives from the disability community, larger community, government, business and the media.
  • Define the terms of reference and governance structure for the National Inclusion Strategy's Co-ordinating Committee & Working Groups
  • Analyze & transform:
    - Management structure
    - Physical infrastructure
    - Provider-client relationships
    - Institution-community relationships
    - Interpersonal relationships
    - Nature & type of programming & services
    - Regional distribution of services
  • Build capacity among community members for:
    - Conducting equity analysis
    - Providing peer-to-peer training
    - Undertaking social activism
    - Serving on governance bodies


For further information about some of the applications of the BIAS FREE Framework, please read the following publications:

  1. Mbuyita S. The importance of routine inclusion of gender analysis in all stages of the research process: A case study of an analysis of a final report on the development of a Standardized Exemption Mechanism for Kilombero District, Tanzania. CD-ROM, Poverty, Equity and Health Research: Final documents from Forum 9, Mumbai, India, 12-16 September 2005, Global Forum for Health Research, 2005.
  2. Eichler, M. and Burke, M.A. "The BIAS FREE Framework. A new analytical tool for global health research." Canadian Journal of Public Health: 63-68, Ottawa, Global Health Issue, Jan-Feb 2006.
  3. MacDonald Quiceno, J. A Case Study of the Application of The BIAS FREE Framework For The Elimination of Gender Bias in the Process of Transforming the Women’s Hospital: Systematization Of the Experience in Costa Rica, Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland and Pan American Health Organization, Washington, USA, 2009.
  4. Burke, M.A. “Operationalising Human Rights and Human Security through a Dynamic Model of Health.” Review of Disability Studies (RDS) Review of International Studies: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, Copyright 2009. pp. 23-37.
  5. Burke, M.A. and Pupulin, A. “Building an inclusive national strategy for disabled children in Kyrgyzstan through an application of the BIAS FREE Framework”, in Disability and international development: Towards inclusive global health. Trinity College, Dublin, 2009.
  6. Pupulin, A. "Assessment of the situation of children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan", UNICEF, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan October 2008.
  7. Eichler, M. and Burke, M.A. "Beyond Gender Bias: a Methodological Approach for Analyzing Inequalities" in Equity in Access to Health Promotion, Treatment and Care for all European Women. eds. Vera Lasch, Ute Sonntag, Ulrike Maschewsky_Schneider. Kassel university Press, Kassel,Germany, 2010. pp. 31-45
  8. Burke, B. and Wolbring, G. "Beyond Education for All: Using an ableism studies lens and the BIAS FREE Framework". in Development Vol 53 no 4 Education for Transformation, November 2010.
  9. Burke, M.A. and Eichler, M "Analytical Report of an Analysis of Three Elder Abuse Scans Using the BIAS FREE Framework to Identify Social Biases and Solutions to Identified Biases", PHAC Report, 2010.
  10. Burke, M.A. and Eichler, M "Critique of Three Tobacco Control Documents Using the BIAS FREE Framework to Identify Gender Biases and Solutions to Identified Biases", IDRC Report, 2010.
  11. Burke, M.A. and Eichler, M "A Case Study of applying the BIAS FREE Framework to three Research in International Tobacco Control (RITC) documents to Remove Biases Identified during an Initial Critique of the Documents", IDRC Report, 2011.

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