About The DRILL Programme

What is DRILL?

DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) is an innovative 5 year UK wide Programme led by disabled people, for disabled people and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).

Launched in 2015, the Programme is led by Disability Action NI in partnership with Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland.

What do we do?

DRILL promotes coproduction and collaboration between disabled people and their organisations, academia, research bodies and policy makers. Disabled people are empowered to have direct influence on decisions that impact on their independent living, particularly in relation to policies, legislation and services.

The programme has funded 32 coproduced research and pilot projects across the UK. The purpose of the projects is to find solutions about how disabled people can live as full citizens and take part socially, economically and politically.


The purpose of the Programme is to build better evidence about approaches to enable disabled people to achieve independent living, which is used to inform future policy and service provision, as well as give a greater voice to disabled people in decisions which affect them.

Research Reports and Findings

DRILL is committed to sharing the findings of the research and pilot projects funded by the Programme.

Our key goal is to enable disabled people achieve our independent living and fulfil our potential in an ever changing world. One of the key ways of doing this is through the availability of robust research and pilot findings which will influence policy making and service provision in the UK.

You can find copies of all research findings here.