Overview

UNSD organized an Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics. The objective of the Expert Group Meeting was to provide a platform for participants to identify issues and areas where these guidelines should be revised or further enhanced. The revised publication will enable countries to better meet demands for good quality data for measuring and monitoring progress towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programmes. It will take into account the context of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Main documents

Agenda

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

 9:30 – 10:00
Registration
 10:00 – 10:30
Session 1: Opening and administrative matters

 10:30 – 11:30
Session 2: International frameworks and their relevance to disability measurement

This session will provide some information on the importance of key international frameworks for the measurement of disability, in terms of: (a) some background information on the process for the development of SDGs, and on disability-related SDG indicators for monitoring progress towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programmes; (b) overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); (c) an introduction to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), including the ICF-Y



  • Presentation on (b) by Division for Social Policy and Development


  • Discussion
 11:30 – 11:45
Coffee Break
 11:45 – 13:00
Session 3: Planning a data collection on disability – general considerations

The session will cover: (a) key considerations for strengthening national statistical systems for efficient production of data on disability in a well-designed and coordinated national environment that is responsive to national policy needs and priorities, and (b) key issues that have to be considered in the planning and designing of statistical processes for a disability data collection/compilation, covering the entire statistical business process from identifying the need for the data collection/compilation, to dissemination and evaluation of data. This session will provide a platform for discussing challenges in the production of reliable statistics from all relevant sources that could be used to produce policy-relevant statistics on disability




  • Discussion
 13:00 – 14:30
Lunch
 14:30 – 15:45
Session 4 – Sources of data on disability

The session will cover the different sources of data on disability, including their strengths as well as shortcomings, and how they can be combined: (a) Overview of sources of data on disability, (b) Censuses, (c) Surveys (types of surveys and their design considerations), and (d) Administrative sources




  • Discussion
 15:45 – 16:00
Coffee Break
 16:00 – 17:30
Session 4 – Sources of data on disability (Contd.)

(c) Surveys


  • Presentation on the overview of surveys and their design considerations by Rajendra Singh (survey and sampling expert)


 17:45 – 19:15
Welcome cocktail (DC2-1668)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

 10:00 – 11:30
Session 4 – Sources of data on disability (Contd.)

  • Discussion on (c) Surveys


  • Discussion
 11:30 – 11:45
Coffee break
 11:45 – 12:30
Session 5 – Collection of data on disability for children and youth

It is recognized that questions that are used to measure disability among the general population generally underreport the prevalence among children for a variety of reasons. The session is aimed at providing information on the latest developments on tools for the measurement of disability for children and youth.



  • Discussion
 12:30 – 13:00
Session 6 – Disability and the role of the environment

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), recognizes the critical role of the environment as either a facilitator or barrier to functioning. The session will provide an overview and examples of environmental factors that may be taken into account when measuring functioning and disability, including the use of assistive devices and other assistance



  • Discussion
 13:00 – 15:00
Lunch
 15:00 – 16:00
Session 7 – Dissemination and utilization of data

Statistical data form an indispensable basis for effective development planning and programme monitoring. It is generally the case, however, that for many countries, the voluminous information collected is, in many cases, only partially analysed and disseminated thereby resulting in underutilization of the data. The session will address issues related to (i) identifying and prioritizing the uses for the data, (ii) as well as providing some illustrative examples on turning data into information for enhanced utilization for policy, on translation of policy targets into statistical indicators, and on opportunities and challenges of data analyses combining data from different sources for enhanced utilization for policy purposes.



  • Discussion
 16:00 – 16:15
Coffee break

Friday, 14 July 2017

 10:00 – 11:30
Session 8 – Questions on disability

The session will introduce international recommendations for population and housing censuses, recommended questions of the Washington Group to be asked to identify persons with disabilities in population and housing censuses, as well as some reviews on questions asked by countries in national censuses of the 2010 round. The session will also provide some instruments for measurement of disability in surveys.



  • Discussion
 11:30 – 11:45
Coffee break
 13:00 – 15:00
Lunch
 15:00 – 16:00
Session 9 – Draft outline of the revised Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics


  • Discussion
 16:00 – 17:00
Session 10 – Conclusions and way forward

The session will make concluding remarks based on the outcome of the discussions on next steps in the revision of the Guidelines.


  • Discussion
 17:00 – 17:15
Closing session