Twelfth Meeting

October 23-25, 2012: Bangkok, Thailand

Overview

The 12th meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics (WG) was held 23-25 October 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The primary focus of the meeting was a presentation from the workgroup on child functioning and disability on the development of a proposed question module designed to measure functioning and disability among children.

Results from further analysis of data collected by countries using the WG Short Set (SS) of questions and additional analyses of the Extended Set of questions on Functioning (ES-F) using data from the US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) were also presented. The workgroup dealing with environmental factors also provided an update on the development of extended set questions intended to measure environmental barriers and participation

In addition to updates on other Washington Group related activities, the United Nations Statistics Division, UN affiliates, and the World Bank will be invited to report on their recent activities related to disability statistics, and we invite country reports on disability measurement. The Steering Committee chair will lead a discussion on strategic issues including planning next steps.

Detailed Meeting Program:

Objectives:

  1. Present additional work on short set questions:
    • results from further analysis of data collected during the 2010 round of Censuses
  2. Present additional work on extended set on functioning:
    • results from further analysis of data from the US NHIS
  3. Present additional work on the development of questions on child functioning and disability:
    • presentation of proposed question set
  4. Present additional work on extended sets of questions on environmental factors and participation:
    • conceptual framework and feasibility of developing a proposed set (or sets) of questions measuring environmental factors and participation
  5. Discuss strategic issues

Papers and Presentations

Session 1: Opening Session

Welcoming remarks; practical information; a review of developments since the last meeting; and a review of the objectives and agenda for the 12th meeting were provided.

Session 2: WG Short Set

Country experiences and results using the WG Short Set (SS) questions were presented in the session.

Session 3: WG Extended Set on Functioning

A brief review of the development of the Extended Set on Functioning (ES-F) was presented; followed by a presentation of results from further analyses of data from the 2011 US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Thesession also included a discussion on analytic guidelines, strategies, and plans for expansion of cognitive and field testing of the WG ES-F to other regions.

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Session 4: Methodological Issues Concerning Surveys – Environmental Factors and participation

This session included a presentation on the additional work and next steps related to the development of questions for the measurement of environmental barriers and participation.

Session 5: Methodological Issues Concerning Surveys – Child Disability

A review and presentation of additional work on the Module on Child Functioning and Disability (ES-C) were provided during this session; followed by an update on the measurement of child disability using the Multiple Indicator Clusters Survey (MICS); the presentation of the proposed question Module on Child Functioning and Disability (ES-C). The session concluded with a review of cognitive testing of the question module and discussion of the next steps for the workgroup on child disability.

Session 6: Country Reports

A summary of the annual reports on national activities related to disability statistics was provided. This session also included additional country experiences and results using the WG Short Set (SS) questions

Session 7: Next Steps and Objectives for the 13th Meeting

Updates were provided by representatives from UN ESCAP’s Social Development Division and the World Health Organization (WHO) on their recent activities related to disability statistics during this session. The WG Secretariat led a discussion providing updates on governance issues; summarizing the accomplishments of the 12th meeting; outlining of the next steps; and closing remarks.

Executive Summary

Workgroup Contacts

Two workgroups have been formed to address some unresolved methodological issues facing the WG. An additional workgroup has been established to develop an analytic plan for the WG ES-F. The workgroups will present status reports at the 13th meeting of the WG. Chairs have been identified and will serve as the contact for each workgroup. Information on the workgroup topics and chairs are provided below. WG members who wish to volunteer to participate in one of these groups are to contact the workgroup chairs.

Workgroup on Child Disability

Chairs: Roberta Crialesi and Elena DePalma, Italy
This workgroup is charged with the development of specific question modules designed to measure disability among children.

Workgroup on Environmental Factors and Participation

Chair: Barbara Altman, USA
This workgroup is charged with designing extended set questions for the measurement of environmental factors including both barriers and facilitators

Workgroup on the Analysis of the Extended Set on Functioning

Chair: Julie Weeks, USA
This workgroup is charged with the development of an analytic plan and continued analysis of the WG Extended Set of questions on Functioning (ES-F).

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