Meetings & Training


Meetings are held annually and rotate across all UN regions. At these meetings, the WG Work Groups and the Secretariat present work and results from the past year and organise the work plan for the coming year. WG members also present information on their nation census’ and experience in using the WG question sets.

Upcoming events can be found on our Events Page

For a complete list of past meetings, their agendas, and presentations, please go to the Past Meetings page.

Trainings and Workshops

The Washington Group undertakes regional training events. The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre (LCDIDC) are coordinating a series of training workshops for the WG over the next four years.

The WG are now taking expressions of interest for training. If you are interested in receiving training please get in touch with Emma Bird from LCDIDC

With support from The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Leonard Cheshire Disability, UNICEF and the WG have plans to conduct a series of regional workshops on the measurement of disability. The purpose of the workshops will be to build and strengthen local capacity for data collection. Training will be provided to National Statistics Offices, other Government staff, DPOs and local researchers on concepts, models and measures of disability, survey design, data processing, data analysis, data dissemination and data use.

Upon completion of these regional workshops, the WG plans to provide follow-up support through implementation workshops that would bring together actors/countries embarking upon data collections and needing additional technical support and capacity building. It has been envisioned that these workshops could be conducted semi–annually in locations easily accessible to participating countries: New York, Geneva, Bangkok etc. The purpose being, to provide more directed support to teams that are about to embark upon disability data collections. Support and guidance would be provided in designing data collection tools, translation, cognitive and field testing (where applicable), implementation and data analysis.

The aim of these regional workshops is to build and strengthen local capacity for data collection. By the end of the training participants will have the tools to:

  • independently implement the WG Short Set successfully
  • disaggregate census or survey data by disability status
  • evaluate data collected relating to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • monitor the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability

The workshop will provide:

  • in-depth training on how to implement the Washington Group data collection tools,
  • information on using the tools in ongoing surveys, and
  • guidance on how to analyse and disseminate the data collected.

Workshops will be open to representative of National Statistics Offices (NSOs).  NSOs are welcome to invite partners to attend the training.  The training schedule will be tailored to the specific needs of the attendees in the region and their partners.

Funding is available to support travel expenses. The training is being supported by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre (LCD) as part of a grant from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Technical Assistance

Guidance on using the WG tools can be found at the Implementation Help and the Frequently Asked Questions page

If you require specific technical assistance The Washington Group may be able to help you with your request. Please get in touch at WG_Secretariat[@]

Technical assistance can be delivered via email, skype or in country. If you would like to request in country training please see above in Trainings and Workshops for advice.

Webinars and Digital Training

A series of webinars and digital training modules tools are available to watch, listen to and read. They cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to the WG
  • Overview of the methodology
  • Technical questions

Additional material will be made available as they are developed.

To see when these upcoming events are, and the details of the meetings click the calendar below. You are also able to view the agenda and presentations from past meetings.