Background Documentation

Disability Information from Censuses More Information

A brief overview on the development of the Short Set of 6 questions and how they can be used in a national census to improve the quality and international comparability of disability measures.

Understanding and Interpreting Disability (2009)  More Information

Official protocols for how to interpret the data collected from the Short Set of 6 questions. It includes information on:

  • how to evaluate participation (a means to monitor the UN convention)
  • determine the prevalence of difficulty in a range of domains

The matrix as a framework for the development of the Extended Set More Information

An explanation of the development of the matrix

Development of an Internationally Comparable Disability Measure for Censuses More Information

This document was development to inform National Statistical Offices of the work of the Washington Group. It includes information on:

  • the rationale for the choice of questions
  • advice on how to use the data
  • a question testing protocol

Monitoring the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability More Information

This document outlines the ways in which the WG question sets are applicable to the UN convention. It contains information on:

  • Why and how to use the WG questions to monitor the UN Convention

Proposed Purpose of an Internationally Comparable General Disability Measure (2004) More Information

This document outlines the Washington Group position on the purpose of developing internationally comparable tools to measure and monitor disability.

Statement of rationale for the Washington Group general measure on disability More Information

Outlines the rationale for the Short Set of 6 questions

Development of Extended Set of Disability Measures for Surveys: The Extended Set on Functioning More Information

A brief overview of the history and development of the Extended Set on Functioning. Contains appendices of the question set.

A Review of Questions used in Surveys to Measure Child Disability for Selected Domains More Information

a comparison of survey and census questions for child and youth disability covering a variety of domains as of 2012

WG Report to Disabled Person’s Organizations (DPOs) More Information

This report was written specifically for Disabled Persons Organisations on using the WG Short Set for censuses and contains the following information:

  • Why these questions were chosen
  • How to use the data collected from the Short Set
  • Building capacity for data collection in developing countries
  • Fostering international cooperation

WG Report to National Statistics Offices (NSOs) More Information

This report was written specifically for NSOs on using the WG Short Set for censuses and contains the following information:

  • What the Short Set questions are, and their rationale
  • How to use the data collected from the Short Set
  • Question testing protocol
  • summery of testing results

Module on Child Functioning and Disability (2014) More Information

Background documentation on the development on the Child Disability question set.

Recommendations for the 2010 Round of Census

Development of Disability Measures for Surveys: The Extended Set on Functioning (ES-F)

Results of the Testing of the ESCAP/WG Extended Question Set on Disability

Measuring Disability Prevalence (2007)

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