Washington Group on Disability Statistics

Seventh Meeting

September 19-21, 2007: Dublin, Ireland



The seventh meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics was held September 19-21 in Dublin, Ireland hosted by the Irish Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO) with assistance from the National Disability Authority (NDA). The workgroup on the short set addressed the use of the short set as a screener and presented an alternative (optional) question on upper body function. The combined workgroup on data analysis and methodological issues provided further analyses of the pre-test data presented at the 6th meeting. A large part of the seventh meeting was dedicated to a discussion of work being done on the extended set of disability questions for surveys and survey modules. A proposal to develop an extended question set for the purpose of assessing equalization of opportunities was presented by the extended sets workgroup. In addition to the workgroup sessions, country reports were presented and updates were provided by the United Nations Statistical Division, UNESCAP and the World Bank regarding their activities related to disability statistics.





Present additional work on short set:

  • Present results of additional pre-testing (if any)
  • Present results of additional analyses of pre-test data
  • Present any revisions to original six questions
  • Present work on use of short set as a screener
  • Present option for measuring upper body function
  • Present proposal for extended set and test results if available.
  • Discuss strategic issues.


Papers and Presentations


Session 1: Opening Session


Session 2: Development of Extended Sets


Session 4: Further Analysis of Pre-test and Improvement of Short Set


Session 5: Update on Short Set Activities


Session 6: Country Experiences


Session 8: Country Reports and UN Survey


Executive Summary of the 7th Meeting


Extended Set Workgroup

The Extended Set Workgroup will address the next major step of the WG. The chair serves as the main contact Information regarding the workgroup topic and chair is provided below. WG members who wish to volunteer to participate in this group should contact the workgroup chair.


Workgroup on the Extended Set/s

Chair: Margie Schneider, South Africa; margie_who@mweb.co.za

The workgroup was charged with developing an extended question set (or sets) for use in surveys and survey modules with the intended purpose of assessing equalization of opportunities. It was agreed that as a first step this workgroup would address expanding upon the set of domains already covered in the short set, adding supplementary questions within domains (cause, age at onset, duration), begin a discussion on how best to capture environmental factors and explore different ways to measure participation. The WG will collaborate with the Budapest Initiative, Eurostat and UNESCAP on development of the extended set/s.


Meeting Contacts

Mr. Cordell Golden
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 6429
Hyattsville, MD 20782 (USA)
Phone: 301-458-4237
Fax: 301-458-4038
Email: CGolden@cdc.gov

Mr. Mitch Loeb
Health Scientist
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 6325
Hyattsville, MD 20782 (USA)
Phone: 301-458-4248
Fax: 301-458-4037
Email: MLoeb@cdc.gov

Mrs. Jennifer Madans
Associate Director for Science
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 7202
Hyattsville, MD 20782 (USA)
Phone: 301-458-4500
Fax: 301-458-4020
Email: JMadans@cdc.gov

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