Innovative Policies 2014 – Methodology

The nomination, research and selection process for ‘Innovative Policies’ is a multistep approach, involving a network of experts along the way. In April 2013, the Zero Project team invited policy nominations from its expert network and received 68 policies from 34 countries, including one from a regional and one from an international organisation.

Screening and pre-selection
A first screening of the nominated policies was undertaken by the Zero Project team. This screening found that 24 of the nominations could not be considered eligible for this year’s research, as their enactment was too recent to satisfactorily demonstrate success. Amongst them were, however, some very promising ones. For the remaining 44 nominations, the Zero Project’s Scientific Advisory Board – composed of 28 experts on disability and accessibility – was asked to shortlist 25 policies, according to their innovation, impact and transferability.

These 25 shortlisted policies were researched by the World Future Council, which applied its ‘Future Just Lawmaking Methodology’ based on the seven principles for Future Just Lawmaking (based on the 2002 International Law Association Delhi Declaration on Sustainable Development Law). The research team conducted interviews with representatives from governments, academia and disabled peoples’ organisations about each of the policies and produced qualitative policy evaluation reports.

On 26 November 2013, the Scientific Advisory Board agreed upon the 15 most promising ‘policy finalists’, according to the following criteria:
• Respect for the UN CRPD
• Endorsed by the disability rights community
• Innovation in legal approach and implementation instruments
• Effective implementation that delivered identifiable and measurable improvements
• Easily transferable to other countries
Originating from Europe, Asia, America, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East, the 15 Innovative Policies come from all around the world.


Innovative Policies have achieved identifiable improvements on the ground, and point to a positive dynamic of change that can be easily replicated in many countries to advance the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CPRD). Like all innovation, some policies may be incomplete or dependent on other developments to maximise their impact. Some policies, no matter how positive, may also contain elements of old thinking. Since the implementation of the UN CRPD is a work in progress for all countries, these elements are taken into account in the overall assessment of innovation.