Disability and rehabilitation

WHO hosts global expert consultation on disability statistics

On 5-6 December, in Geneva, Switzerland, an expert consultation was held on the Model Disability Survey questionnaire developed by WHO and the World Bank.

A rigorous process is being undertaken to develop the questionnaire. 179 national surveys were reviewed to identity good practice examples for further analysis. Micro data from 10 surveys were reviewed in depth before drafting the questionnaire.

The expert consultation brought together 35 diverse stakeholders including representatives of: national statistical offices (i.e. producers of data); ministries and other agencies ( i.e. users of data); organizations of persons with disabilities (i.e. subjects of data collection and beneficiaries or not of decisions taken on the basis of data); the Washington Group on Disability Statistics; disability and development organizations; academic and research organizations; and donors for whom disability data is perceived as a priority.

The participants provided extensive feedback on how the questionnaire can be improved to support monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The next two months will be spent addressing these comments before a second round of reviews and then cognitive testing of the instrument in six countries in 2013.